Snapshots from the Met

June 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

Aside from the amazing McQueen exhibit (photos, especially haphazard ones taken to best avoid yelling from the guards, don’t do the displays justice) and the somewhat underwhelming Antony Caro exhibit, it was nice to spend time exploring some of the newly-renovated Greek and Roman and Colombian wings. The perfect weather, sunny but not too humid, was a definite plus as well.

Stairs to the Met

Wing to Greek and Roman Antiquities

Columns

Entrance to a packed McQueen exhibition

Plato's Atlantis

Ensemble, the last collection

Ensemble, the last collection

Bird's Nest head dresses: see how they were made here

"Spine" corset

Pieces from "The Girl in the Tree"

Jellyfish dress and Plato's Atlantis

Antony Caro

Mao

Little golden men in Colombian wing

 

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Alexander McQueen’s Bird Nest Headdress

May 11, 2011 § Leave a comment

The McQueen obsession continues, this time with a short film about Philip Treacy (Irish milliner who also created 36 hats worn to the recent royal wedding) and Swarovski’s work on the Bird’s Nest headdress for the Fall 2006 Collection.

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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