Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty at the MET | Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City | What a better way to begin this week than an early Monday morning private tour at the MET – Metropolitan Museum of Art to see the new Alexander McQueen Exhibit. So if you live in New York or plan to visit before their closing in July, put it in your itinerary, you certainly wont be disappointed.
The exhibition, organized by The Costume Institute, celebrates the late Alexander McQueen‘s extraordinary contributions to fashion. From his 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.
Approximately one hundred examples are on view, including signature designs such as the bumster trouser, the kimono jacket, and the Origami frock coat, as well as pieces reflecting the exaggerated silhouettes of the 1860s, 1880s, 1890s, and 1950s that he crafted into contemporary silhouettes transmitting romantic narratives. Technical ingenuity imbued his designs with an innovative sensibility that kept him at fashion’s vanguard.
It is a shame that I was not allowed to take pictures during the exhibit, to show you in full the indeed Savage Beauty potraited in his avant-guarde Romanticism designs. I also heard the comments, in the narrow corridors, that the locals to the MET are horrorized by this exhibit, saying that it brings The Metropolitan Museum of Art down. I, personally think, as a man almost in his 40’s , that this is the perfect excuse to welcome young people and a total different crowd to come to the MET, so I applaud and congratulate them for this exhibit. My favorite were the crazy hats and hair ornaments, the hologram with Kate Moss and and the mix of styles among Asian influence of the Kymonos, the European Crinolines and the Roman leather Armors.
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the MET (May 4, 2011–July 31, 2011) Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall, 2nd floor. The exhibition is made possible by Alexander McQueen™. Additional support is provided in partnership with American Express and Condé Nast. For more information Hey shout out to Lady Gaga and her staff. Guys you should come over and buy the entire exhibit. It is sooo you. !!!! After all I am sure you were born this way. After the exhibit, I went walking by the Central Park down to 61st. Street and 5th. Avenue  to The Caprice Restaurant at The Pierre Hotel, but that is for a whole different post.  CM