Posted by stephan | May 3rd, 2011
We all know that Alexander McQueen was one of fashion’s true innovators, but that doesn’t make the MET’s innovative exploration of his oeuvre any less powerful. Curated by the Costume Institute’s Andrew Bolton, the Savage Beauty exhibit
attempts to document the designer’s work as well as the esoteric worldview that influenced his designs. Moving beyond static mannequins and instead creating a dynamic atmosphere, the exhibit succeeds in bringing you into the world’s McQueen created on the runways each season.
Longtime fans of McQueen’s work will be treated to an engaging look back at those monumental collections. S/S 2001’s blood red ostrich feathered gown greets you at the entrance alongside a varnished made of clamshells and the high drama garments set the tone for the entire show. Every outfit is a thrill and seeing these pieces up close and personal is an experience unto itself. Interviews with McQueen’s colleagues, teachers and friends add a new layer of intimacy to the designs. Tales from his days at St. Martins mixed in with anecdotes from the likes of Sarah Burton and Phillip Treacy allow a window into the world of Lee McQueen and offer a greater understanding of one of fashion’s true masters.
Savage Beauty Exhibit at the Met
May 4 – August 7, 2011 at the Metropolitan Museum in NY
Head treatments by Guido Palau
Photos: Betty Sze
Animation: Stephan Moskovic
Text: Janelle Okwodu