“You’ve got to know the rules to break them. That’s what I’m here for, to demolish the rules but to keep the tradition.” —Alexander McQueen
Next week I'm going to go check out the Alexander McQueen exhibit - "Savage Beauty" - at the
Metropolitan Museum of Art here in New York. This is the first retrospective of this brilliant designer's work and I am really looking forward to it. He was truly an artist. It opens to the public today and the exhibit runs until July 31st.
McQueen's pieces were photographed for the exhibition catalogue by Sølve Sundsbø on live models, to allow the piece to move, and were then digitally altered to look like mannequins, so the focus of the images would be on the pieces. Vogue
"The exhibition, organized by The Costume Institute, will celebrate 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." Read more about the exhibit and Alexander McQueen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Exhibition renderings via Met Museum by Joseph Bennett. Photos and accompanying text below via Met Museum.
Sarabande, spring/summer 2007
Nude silk organza embroidered with silk flowers and fresh flowers
Plato’s Atlantis, spring/summer 2010
Dress, leggings, and “Armadillo” boots embroidered with iridescent enamel paillettes
Irere, spring/summer 2003
Ivory silk organza, georgette
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, autumn/winter 2002–3
Coat of black parachute silk; trouser of black synthetic; hat of black silk satin
Hat by Philip Treacy for Alexander McQueen courtesy of Alister Mackie