Tribute to Alexander McQueen
Alexander McQueen’s death was devastating to the fashion/art world. His clothes and performance art revalorized the fashion industry. McQueen had political themes to all his runway shows. Recently, a friend just came back from “Savage Beauty,” showing at the Metropolitan Museum which exhibited over two decades of McQueen’s fashion trends. As I was not able to join her in New York. I took a virtual tour.
MET Curator, Andrew Bolton, assembled the show with over a hundred ensembles and seventy accessories ranging from the designer’s famous bumster pants to armadillo shoes. The show includes pieces mostly from the runway, with a few pieces of couture that McQueen designed at Givenchy, and he gives their history and psychology an astute reading. Each room Bolton grouped according to McQueen’s “Romantic” fashion trend fixations: historicism, primitivism, naturalism, exoticism, the gothic, and Darwinism. Most of the pieces aren’t even behind glass, so you can get an up-close view of McQueen’s iconic work made from unique materials such as medical slides, barbed wire, and razor-clam shells. The show runs through July 31.
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