What a genius idea! Designers Hissa Igarashi and Sayuri Murakami pay tribute to the late and great Alexander McQueen by recreating one of the designer’s iconic dresses using 50,000 gummy bears. Amazing!
The Duchess of Cambridge wowed the crowd as she arrived for the Diamond Jubilee River Pageant in this red hot Alexander McQueen dress. Kate managed to shine even though it was rainy and overcast during much of festivities. What did you think of her look?
This is the final week of the Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art!! After extending the dates of Savage Beauty, the Museum has also extended their hours for the last week of this exhibit. Over this past weekend the visitors to the exhibit has broken the record for visitors to a fashion exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art!
On August 6th and 7th the museum will stay open until midnight — the latest the museum has stayed open for any exhibit. If you happen to be a lucky member of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, then take advantage of the special hours available: this week from 8:30am until 9:30am there is a private viewing time.
Those of you who have not had the opportunity to see Savage Beauty must go this week, before it is gone! Read what we had to say about the exhibit earlier this summer. However, be prepared for lines because there has been an “unprecedented interest in this landmark retrospective” The exhibit will be available for viewing to the public the following times:
Tuesday and Wednesday 9:30am - 5:30pm
Thursday and Friday 9:30am - 9:00pm
Saturday and Sunday 9:30am - Midnight
“I don’t think like the average person on the street. I think quite perversely sometimes.”
This past weekend I had the extreme pleasure of visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art to see the works of Alexander McQueen in the exhibit Savage Beauty. McQueen was a true artist, who expressed himself through fashion. McQueen took inspiration from the most unique places. Every collection shows romanticism paired with something unorthodox, such as Scottish history. He had a unique gift of imagining a garment or runway show in his mind, then making the seemingly impossible happen. His work is described as drastic, sensuous, dark, and dramatic.
Walking through the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall those words cycled through my head. The garments grab your attention on their own, but the presentation of the collections was captivating. Statement pieces were accompanied by a clip of the runway show. A hologram presentation was paired with the theme song from Schindler’s List.
McQueen used materials from nature in his pieces that definitely add drama. Reading that a garment is made of wool or silk seems dull after viewing garments like these. The first is from the collection It’s a Jungle Out There, incorporating impala horns. The coat from Jack the Ripper Stalks His Victims is lined in white silk with encapsulated human hair. And the dress from the Windows of Culloden collection is made of pheasant feathers.
Alexander McQueen is best described by his own quotes displayed throughout the exhibit. He describes his own designs as:
“When you see a woman wearing McQueen there is a certain hardness to the clothes that make her look powerful. It kind of fends people off.”
Powerful is right. The pieces are works of art, from which we make into a fashion statement on a smaller level for everyday wear. The inspiration we take from this show could be seen in the movement of fabric, patterns that speak, and fine tailoring. These are each styles that are realistic for the everyday stylish woman.
Due to popularity, the McQueen exhibit has been extended through August 7. Those of you in New York between now and then must go see it! If that is out of the question there are select pieces on the Met Blog as well as the clips from runway shows.