Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Alexander McQueen 1969-2010
The exhibit and mesmerizing book that was published to commemorate it is best summarized by Andrew Bolten:
"Savage Beauty features the most iconic and radical designs of Alexander McQueen's prolific career. It examines the designer’s evolution from the start of his fledgling label, to his years as creative director at Givenchy in Paris, and finally to the collections of his own world-renowned London house. It reveals how McQueen adapted and combined the fundamentals of Savile Row tailoring, the specialized techniques of haute couture—such as lacework, embroidery, and featherwork—and technological innovation to achieve his distinctive aesthetic. It also focuses on the highly sophisticated narrative structures found in McQueen’s collections and in his extravagant runway presentations, which suggested the most avant-garde installation and performance art".
For those of you in the N.Y. area, Savage Beauty has been extended through August 7th. It is a must see! Want to be whisked to the head of the 2 hour line like a V.I.P.??? My friend Linda Levy suggested purchasing a membership (which is tax deductible). Flash and dash...brilliant! Even the museum is hyping it. It was worth it's weight in gold. Leaving the exhibit in a daze, I roamed my favorite halls filled with 19th and 20th century art, ogling my favorite Klimt's, Picasso's Degas', and Gauguin's. It reawakened how much the Met always sings to my soul...I need this place.
For those of you in far flung places, this YouTube video, will give you a glimpse into the mind, heart and dark soul of McQueen's all too short career. Deservedly, his art; fabric, lace, wood, metal and feathers stands shoulder to shoulder with all the Master's.
Savage Beauty, is.