Thursday, May 5, 2011

Design: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

Alexander McQueen was a rare breed of designer, one that used fashion to instill ideas into society and push the boundaries of what was deemed acceptable. His love for art history, design and the arts really stood out in his amazing works that were created with such detail and expertise that they are all works of art in themselves.

The Metropolitan Museum’s Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty does a beautiful job of showing his genius by taking us into his mind and exhibiting not only his clothing but bringing the visitor into the at

mospheres and performances he created in his runway shows and presentations. Where as much of his work is very dark and battles ideas of good vs. evil and heaven vs. hell, the show successfully illustrates the more romantic side of McQueen’s personality. The designer, who left us in a very dark and dramatic way last year, was probably a very sweet and romantic person, the type of person that we don’t always associate with the themes he discussed in his work.

With Alexandre Mcqueen: Savage Beauty Andrew Bolton gives us a powerful view inside the mind of the designer. Where as I have sometimes thought that exhibits at the Costume Institute fell a little short of what they should be, with this one they do a terrific job of showing us the art of fashion and the the brilliance of this true Créateur. I have never met McQueen but I’m sure he was an incredibly loving person. His passing left us with a legacy that will be remembered as being that of one of the great geniuses in the history of fashion.

For a taste of the exhibition see the below video:

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty runs through July 31 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. For more information visit theexhibition website.

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