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All eyes were on Anna Wintour and Samantha Cameron yesterday as they attended a preview of the upcoming Alexander McQueen exhibition at the Ritz in London, held at the same location where the fashion house's first post-graduate show was also presented. Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty is due to take place at the Metropolitan Museum's Costume Institute, during this year's Met Ball slated for May 2 in New York.

Describing the exhibition as a 'recognition of British fashion', Mrs Cameron said she was 'thrilled' by the Institute's exploration of the artistry of McQueen."I'm sure that the party on the second of May will be a very, very special night," she said, while dressed in a Whistles skirt, McQ by McQueen tuxedo jacket and LK Bennett shoes.

"We drew on the McQueen archive in London and are indebted to McQueen's so-workers and colleagues for their willingness to share their memories of him," said Andrew Bolton, director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Especially Stella McCartney, whose friendship with McQueen makes her an ideal co-chair for the Costume Institute Ball, and Sarah Burton, who gave a valuable insight in to McQueen's design process over the past 14 years."

McCartney and Burton also attended the preview of the exhibition, which will incorporate pieces from all the late designer's collections. It will be broken up into themes such as 'The Savage Mind', 'Romantic Gothic' and 'Romantic Nationalism'. Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty will open on May 4 and conclude at the Met Ball at the end of July 2011.

See a gallery of pieces from the exhibition at Vogue UK.