Last week I visited the Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty” exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum in Manhattan. The queues were long, the display area was packed; but nothing could take away from the spectacle of the clothing – it was a wonderful tribute to McQueen.
“A number of gowns in Alexander McQueen’s “Transitions” collection of spring/summer 2003 appear to be poetic renderings of a disaster at sea. While a similar dress appeared colored like the plumage of a tropical bird, this gown of sand-colored organza recalls the mille-feuille ridging on the surface of a shell. The hem of the skirt, like the wavy lip of a giant mollusk, further emphasizes the seashell quality of the gown. But unlike Aphrodite, who was born in the foam of the sea and borne to shore on a scallop, McQueen’s beauty is a bruised pearl encased in a deconstructing oyster, the tumbled survivor of the violent action of waves”
I suppose that what interested me most about the exhibition was that McQueen has reached a level of public acceptance in death that I imagine him to have struggled with in life – balancing his creativity with what was expected of him: his collections, his shows set new levels of art and fashion each time.
I’d be really interested to hear what others thought of this exhibition – if you have visited then please leave me a comment. Or if you have anything to say about McQueen and his work please write a little something below.
So, I took a little McQueen inspiration for my outfit post today and of course I would highly recommend ‘Savage Beauty‘ to you all.