Alexander McQueen and the romantic mind

April 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

One of the highlights of each summer is visiting the Metropolitan for the annual Costume Institute and rooftop displays, and this year promises to be the best yet. Even before Kate Middleton wore a perfectly executed Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen wedding dress for her marriage to Prince William, I was extremely excited about the “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” exhibition, which opens May 4 and continues to July 31 and looks back on the career of a highly mercurial and memorable designer who died much too young.

From "The Girl who Lived in the Tree"

Oyster Dress from "Irere"

Curators Hamish Bowles and Andrew Bolton promised that it would be unlike any other exhibition before it and tried to stay as true to McQueen’s flair for the romantic and dramatic as possible. And from the looks of the renderings on the Metmuseum blog, “Savage Beauty” is going to be absolutely breathtaking. There are pieces ranging from the controversial “Highland Rape” show, the Sarabande dress that was adorned with fresh flowers, the Jellyfish dress that Lady Gaga rocked in her “Bad Romance” music video, and  gorgeously romantic ensembles from “The Girl who Lived in the Tree.”

From "Sarabande"

From "Plato's Atlantis"

If you are in NYC any time this summer and even remotely interested in fashion, I highly, highly recommend making your way to the Met for this truly special exhibit. Not all of us can afford couture in our closets, it doesn’t mean we  should miss out on a chance to see some pieces up close and in person.

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
Metropolitan Museum of Art
May 4 – July 31, 2011


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