Thursday, May 19, 2011

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

I could not think of a better title. It is already a perfect fit.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibit by the Costume Institute, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, is all that you would expect of a celebration & tribute to the beloved Alexander McQueen. Andrew Bolton (curator), Harold Koda (supporting curator), Sam Gainsbury (creative director), & Joseph Bennett (production designer) put on an impeccable exhibition. The music, lighting, & set of each gallery builds upon one another to showcase each of McQueen’s pieces in just the way that you can imagine he would have wanted. A highlight of the exhibit is the renown hologram of Kate Moss dancing in an ethereal organza gown from McQueen’s 2006 Fall/Winter show. Walking through the rooms, you will find, I am sure, the period from which you first fell in love with this British fashion designer. For me, it was the Victorian Gothic show of 2002 Fall/Winter, with its billowing layers of black silk & lace.

For further information & a well-written walkthrough of the exhibit, go here.

“You’ve got to know the rules to break them. That’s what I’m here for, to demolish the rules but to keep the tradition.”

“I want to be the purveyor of a certain silhouette or a way of cutting, so that when I’m dead & gone people will know that the twenty-first century was starred by Alexander McQueen.”

the metropolitan museum of art
habitually chic
the empress of dress


  1. cool! i love how he paid such great attention to detail and that he really had a style all his own.

  2. so chillingly beautiful. i wish i could see the exhibit in person...

  3. seems like you and McQueen have the same style t.lynn. whenever i see McQueen stuff it always reminds me of you. i swear that plaid gown with lace detailing could totally have been your prom dress!
    would have been too good to be true if this exhibit was at the MET while we were there... hahah.

    that last quote is sort of creepy. do you think he's a way bigger star now that he's gone? i know nothing about what goes on in the fashion world... he does seem extremely well respected and remembered, but to be honest i never paid much attention while he was alive (and still don't pay much attention!) so i can't compare.

  4. I feel like he has always been admired... perhaps people talk about him more now because he is gone, because of the exhibit, because of Kate's dress... but the things people say about him now are things they have always said. He is a genius & he is revolutionary & there will not be another Alexander McQueen.


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