Learn more about Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty on view at the Met May 4--July 31, 2011: http://blog.metmuseum.org/alexandermcqueen/
The exhibition, organized by The Costume Institute, celebrates the late Alexander McQueen's extraordinary contributions to fashion. From his Central Saint Martins postgraduate collection of 1992 to his final runway presentation, which took place after his death in February 2010, Mr. McQueen challenged and expanded the understanding of fashion beyond utility to a conceptual expression of culture, politics, and identity. His iconic designs constitute the work of an artist whose medium of expression was fashion. The exhibition will feature approximately one hundred ensembles and seventy accessories from Mr. McQueen's prolific nineteen-year career. Drawn primarily from the Alexander McQueen Archive in London, with some pieces from the Givenchy Archive in Paris as well as private collections, signature designs including the "bumster" trouser, the kimono jacket, and the three-point "origami" frock coat will be on view. McQueen's fashions often referenced the exaggerated silhouettes of the 1860s, 1880s, 1890s, and 1950s, but his technical ingenuity always imbued his designs with an innovative sensibility that kept him at the vanguard.
I am an American Scot...a very proud McDonald (who's grandmothers were McNair & Grant) who was born & raised away from Skye. I am also a women who appreciates fashion and have always known Alexander McQueen name & the story of his death but never knew of just how much he incorporated our heartbreaking heritage into his work. The Highland Rape and Widows of Culloden are just gorgeous. I'm just very sad that I wasn't aware of this sooner and tonight, watching this & the documentary, I'm really mourning that fact. God bless God speed Alexander.💔
Not really into fashion but Lee was something so diffrent .worked so hard to get what he wanted . Tock no shit licked no one's ass to get were he wanted done things all his way . He was a pure genius "The word is used a lot " but he was !!! Very sad ending .but it's like he knew he was not going to live a old man !!
I didn't want this to end. Every piece is so breathtaking. If Poe was his journalistic muse than, at least to me, Francis Bacon or Bosch are definitly present as visual artistic muses as well. Couldn't help but think how lucky the mannequins are to live in this little world you created for them.
*Interesting fact: In 1986, an Iranian student was studying in London, at an A-Level college called **_David Game Tutorial College_**, in South Kensington. He was living in student accommodation leased by Mr. Game. This accommodation was at 6 Earls Court Square, London SW5. This Iranian student was called MATTHEW TABATABAI. He shared a room in the student digs with a bearded Indian student called Michael Spencer Pearl. Matthew had a girlfriend, a mullato girlfriend. She used to visit 6 Earls Court Square almost on a daily basis, so see Matthew. And they would fuck each other everytime she visited him. Matthew was a sex addict. But he had one small problem. He shared his room with Michael. So what Matthew would do when he wanted to fuck his GF was that he used to pay Michael to get out of their room for an hour or two -- he used to pay Michael £5 everytime he wanted the room to himself. But Matthew was nearly always broke, so there were occasions when he simply could not pay Michael £5. Guess what Matthew did on these occasions? HIS SOLUTION WAS TO FUCK HIS GF WHILE MICHAEL WAS IN THEIR ROOM. Yes, you read that correctly. Matthew was such a fucking pervert that he would GET NAKED, and HAVE SEX WITH HIS GF while Michael would be lying in his bed just three feet away. (It was a twin bedroom). Just imagine that. A freak. A perv. Can YOU imagine doing that yourself? No, me neither. Why am I writing this stuff on an Alexander McQueen site? Because that same MATTHEW TABATABAI, that same freak, is today the World Wide Director of Retail at Alexander McQueen in London. I find it fascinating a sexual deviant would manage to become the director of a global fashion brand.*
Uh, ok....I'm sorry to burst your prudish bubble but you just described a scene going on in half the form rooms of every college campus EVERYWHERE ...but without the $5. No kid is gonna pay $5 nowadays. I doubt not many would want to waste the previous $5 for a [email protected] at that age. Thinking you must not have experienced the world AT ALL to think that was a shocker of a story & probably you are the freak, you think? Your ratio says everything & I'm seeing this a YEAR later.😏
McQueen was more of an artist, a visionary poet, than a fashion designer. Fashion was the medium in which he worked, but you can always see in his work the sheer force of his subversive imagination, almost always breaking the constrains that designing clothes imposed upon him. His aim was not to make women more attractive or glamorous, he had no real interest in that, but to turn dresses and accessories into a wondrous mean of expression.
How funny of u to say that but to be honest I love early McQueen my favorite pieces are from the 2001 Voss collection with my favorite piece being the Medical slide dress as I watch McQueen grow and design I learned and grew to appreciate his sheer talent and eye for design
I hate random ppl who says McQueen is their favorite designer. I'm sorry but I think most of them don't even fully respect him from a broader perspective. All they know is the fact that his shoes were worn by Gaga and that's it. The famous Armadillo shoes. What about his other works?
McQueen was very creative. He had a own way to express himself through the clothes.
But, personally in the case of haute couture, I prefer designers who love the women and want to make them gorgeous and astonishing.
This exhibit was the most amazing thing I've ever been to...The light throughout the exhibit was much darker with mostly soft spotlights over each piece and with the music gave it such a dark, eerie feel..but nothing compares to standing in front of each piece being able to look at every stitch and ever detail...truly brilliant
I really appreciate the effort the Met is making with this video, but a large part of the magic, for me, in this show, came from being in a crowded gallery with a lot of people. This video is just kind of sterile.
Keep in mind that the light in the exhibition was considerably darker and more dramatic than here where they had to light for the camera. That being said, this video does its best to show the work. But somehow it isn't able to capture the feeling of each piece, when you are standing directly in front of them.
amazing, everything seems so well put together, it's a shame not to can attend to the exhibition... there's a few dresses that i would've love to see as well, but everything is perfect so i can't complain.
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