Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The MET celebrates the late Alexander McQueen


For its spring 2011 fashion exhibition, New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art will honor Alexander McQueen's reign in fashion. Organized by the Costume Institute, the exhibit titled “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty," will feature over 100 pieces from McQueen’s archives, spanning as early as 1992 to his last runway collection Angels & Demons. According to the MET website, "the collection will include signature pieces such as the bumster trouser, the kimono jacket, and the Origami frock coat, as well as pieces reflecting the exaggerated silhouettes of the 1860s, 1880s, 1890s, and 1950s," which he carefully modernized with great aesthetic sensibility. 

I am a great admirer of McQueen's work and I expect that the MET will be showcasing it beautifully. Unfortunately I will not be in the city at that time but if you are, I think it will be a saturday well spent. The exhibit will be open to the public May 4th through July 31st.

4 comments:

  1. I am so looking forward to this exhibit, I have been waiting months for it to open!

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  2. Me too! I hope I can actually be back in New York before it closes

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  3. The exhibit is the perfect testament to why fashion is an art form. People who write off fashion as "shallow" will certainly be blown away by his work. The clothes are so much more than pieces of fabrics, or in the case of McQueen, human hair and microscope slides - it's about the inner workings of a creative mind. The whole time I was in the exhibit, I kept thinking of how one man, this genius, could have all these ideas swirling around in his mind. How he was able to translate his thoughts on Romanticism and his knowledge of Scottish history and even evolution, into yards of organza and strips of leather. From his actual tailoring work, to the presentation of his art, he was a creatively powerful genius. There is something beautiful about the darkness of his work, which makes his death all the more tragic because it seems like darkness and morbidity were always on his mind.

    There is a quote in the exhibit that struck me. It reads, "It’s the ugly things I notice more because other people tend to ignore the ugly.” McQueen liked to dwell in dark, and boy oh boy is the darkness beautiful.

    Also, it was great to see Sebastian actually understand the meaning of fashion as art.

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  4. It was also funny, because as we exited the exhibit and waited for Shannon to purchase the book that we all wanted, but couldn't afford, chronicling McQueen's collections and the stories behind their creation, I noticed how uninteresting the rest of the MET suddenly appeared. I would usually call this last statement blasphemy but it did truly appear so as we later made our way through European and Egyptian Art. Apathetic, we went home and watched all the videos we had earlier seen in the exhibit, attempting to delve deeper into McQueen's genius..

    Day well spent.

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