Monday, June 13, 2011

NYC Museum Report - Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty at the Met

Today I'm so happy to welcome a new contributor to my little ol' blog.  My dear friend and former colleague Laura Johnson.  Laura is a gifted textile designer and colorist with 20 years of experience who lives and works in Manhattan.  Because we all can't live in or visit NYC regularly she'll be checking in from time to time to report about exhibits and other interesting tidbits happening there.  I know I always love hearing her thoughts about these things and I wanted to share them with you all too!  So without further ado, we will begin with the biggest exhibit with the most buzz going on right now - Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty at the Met's Costume Institute (which Laura has been to TWICE - I'm so jealous)!  Take it away Laura...
 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is packed these days, everyone is going to see the Alexander McQueen show, and for good reason. If you are in the NYC area, I highly recommend making the time and battling the crowds (try a weekday; I heard there was a 45 minute wait one Saturday). The exhibit is extremely theatrical. Each room is a unique setting, completely transformed with music and sounds accompanying the work. It almost feels as if you are traversing a fun house of sorts.


In the first room you see an amazing collection of his tailoring, including some wonderfully low slung pants. There is a Cabinet of Curiosities room that has an amazing selection of accessories. Videos play on the walls from some of his most dramatic runway shows. As you continue from room to room you see work that is technically amazing, beautiful, torturous and ethereal. There is so much talent on display. For a man who died at 40, what a body of work he left behind. You leave feeling almost stunned by it.

Dress, No. 13, spring/summer 1999
Photograph by Sølve Sundsbø
 Here's how it was created on the runway.


Corset, Dante, autumn/winter 1996-1997
Photograph by Sølve Sundsbø


Jacket, Joan, autumn/winter 1998-1999
Photograph by Sølve Sundsbø


Dress, Widows of Culloden, autumn/winter 2006-2007
Photograph by Sølve Sundsbø

Dress, The Horn of Plenty, autumn/winter 2009-2010
Photograph by Sølve Sundsbø



Ensemble, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, autumn/winter 2002-2003
Photograph by Sølve Sundsbø

"Oyster" Dress, Irere, spring/summer 2003
Photograph by Sølve Sundsbø


All images via The Met

5 comments:

  1. I wish I could go - such an incredible exhibit!

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  2. McQueen was an Amazing artist!

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  3. Beautiful. Thanks for giving us a glimpse into this stunning part of NYC. And since I've never been there but really want to go, I'll be living vicariously through Laura :)

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