Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

There are just a few more days to get yourself to the Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY, if you haven’t already.

This is an unusual fashion experience. McQueen was an artist as well as a fashion designer. He was a talent like no other before him with a collection of work that expresses ideas about our world; history and politics, gender and sexuality, religion and environmentalism, life and death.

I experienced an unexpected emotional response to this exhibit which I’ve also heard from others who have seen it. The rooms are arranged by themes with background music adding another dimension. McQueen’s insight is profound, his curiosity abounds and the couture execution of his vision is extraordinarily exquisite, incorporating unexpected materials and techniques.  Some of his unique, dramatic runway presentations are displayed on video, bringing the work to life.

Wander into the other rooms of the museum and there you will find all the inspiration he drew from. His interpretations are astonishing. Seeing this collection of work and the
evolution of this late master is something you won’t forget. Ever.

Get there if you can.

–Gale

Alexander MCQueen: Savage Beauty is on view through August 7, 2011

Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
New York, New York 10028-0198
Information: 212-535-7710
TTY: 212-570-3828

Museum Hours
Monday: Closed (Except Holiday Mondays)
Tuesday–Thursday: 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 9:30 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Sunday: 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

 

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