The NGV exhibition has been arranged in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).
In a statement about the upcoming exhibit, Danny Pearson, Minister for Creative Industries, said: "Melbournians have a rich appreciation for fashion and this exhibition provides them with the opportunity to celebrate one of the industry’s boldest innovators."
Meanwhile Tony Ellwood, NGV's director, added that the exhibit would celebrate McQueen's craftsmanship and intellectual rigour which is seldom seen on the runways—then and now.
"He created a new vocabulary for fashion design that still resonates today. Comprising more than 110 garments, this showstopping exhibition unites the collections of LACMA and the NGV for the very first time, and celebrates the timeless work of one of the true icons of late twentieth century fashion," he said.
McQueen devastatingly passed away on February 11, 2010. At the time, an official statement read: "Lee McQueen, the founder and designer of the Alexander McQueen brand, has been found dead at his home. At this stage it is inappropriate to comment on this tragic news beyond saying that we are devastated and are sharing a sense of shock and grief with Lee's family. Lee's family has asked for privacy in order to come to terms with this terrible news and we hope the media will respect this."
McQueen's famous clientele and fans across the world poured out tributes for the late designer, with Lady Gaga, who frequently wore his designs, dedicating a song to him while performing at the 2010 Brit Awards. Supermodels Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss also famously wore McQueen's 'Manta' dresses, which were inspired by a scuba-diving holiday McQueen took to the Maldives in 2009.
12 years after his tragic death, his legacy lives on in all corners of the world—including Melbourne, Victoria.
Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse will be on display at the NGV from December 11, 2022 until April 16, 2023.