A dress from McQueen’s fall-winter 2009 collection.

The late Alexander McQueen’s spellbinding creations take center stage in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute exhibition “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” (May 4 to July 31). Spanning almost two decades—beginning with his career-launching Central Saint Martins postgraduate collection—the show includes more than 100 pieces that emphasize the designer’s recurring fascination with romanticism and impeccable tailoring, bumster pants included.

Courtesy of the Costume Institute and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY.