Tuesday, August 9, 2011


Alexander McQueen's Retrospective:
Savage Beauty at the MET.
"I get my ideas out of my dream. If you’re lucky enough to use something you see in a dream, it is purely original; it’s not in the world — it’s in your head.  I think that's amazing."
                                                                                                    — Alexander McQueen

Breaking the record by Sunday's midnight closing, about 661,ooo visitors had passed through to pay homage to the late fashion artist (who committed suicide in February, 2010), Alexander McQueen at the MET.  This weekend marked the closing of Savage Beauty, the retrospective on the British born icon once referred to as L'Enfant Terrible in the world of fashion.  

Gallery views - Alexander McQueen - Savage Beauty

McQueen's remarkable craftsmanship and avant-garde's approach to creating garments were certainly not lost on everyone who found the minimum of two and half hour prerequisite wait — a time well spent. The artistic and cutting edge fashion art pieces had been on display for all their glory since the beginning of the summer (May 4, 2011); and within just these three months at the MET, not only did Lee McQueen's creations break the attendance record for the MET's costume institute, but the fashion designer who saw fashion as his vehicle to express his point of view on a life that serves both savage and beauty, is now compared to the likes of artistic legends such as Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh.  

Hence, if you weren't able to get passed through all the Alexander McQueen madness and you've missed this historical transfixed fashion show at the MET, have a watch at the video (above).  It's narrated by the curator of Savage Beauty himself, Andrew Bolton; it's definitely the next best thing: his account of the exhibit from entrance to exit, and of course his commentary on the fashion master's works and what they represented for McQueen. 

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