Thursday, August 4, 2011

Last Chance for Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

Garance and I went to the McQueen Exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and were blown away.

It’s really just incredible.  I urge everyone who has the chance, to go see it.  The Met will be open until midnight on Saturday and Sunday to accomodate visitors – and since it doesn’t seem the show will be traveling, I can see why.

Garance was given special permission to return and take photos; if you can’t make it, and even if you can, I think you’ll see in her photos (here) what we were so moved by.


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  1. R4L

    August 4, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    His talent and imagination is sorely missed!

  2. Merav

    August 4, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    Wow, it looks amazing. Another great exhibit is the Jean-Paul Gaultier. I just saw it in Montreal a few weeks ago and it will also blow your mind. Jean-Paul and McQueen are so talented. I’m glad they are getting to show their talents to a vast audience.

  3. mon sac byme

    August 4, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Absolutly Sublime !!

  4. Martine

    August 4, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Amazing talent. But this is sad.

  5. Emilie

    August 4, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    I would love to view this exhibit. It IS sad, but it is also a testament to the beauty of the fashion and the love and work that went into it.

  6. Marcela

    August 4, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    I saw the pictures on Garance’s blog they are beautiful, and the clothes are out of this world.
    He truly was Alexander the Great.
    I said it in Garance’s blog and I have to say it here. Thank you for posting these pictures. I will not be able to see the exhibition but anyone, and everyone who can go should not let the opportunity pass.
    Thanks again sharing this post.

  7. Madeleine

    August 4, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    I saw it, and was so moved… I was surprised at how emotional I felt, the clothes are truly pieces of art. Definitely go if you possibly can – the line is huge but I’d wait in it all over again for sure.

  8. Judy

    August 4, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    It is truly amazing. If you go be sure to rent the audio guide.

  9. Erik

    August 4, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Yes, this exhibit is a MUST SEE, regardless of whether or not you’re interested in fashion (though…you are most likely following the Sartorialist, sooo…). He was an artist, and the exhibit showcases so much of his work, and you can really see the attention to detail and artistry. It was an amazing exhibit.

  10. indigo warrior

    August 4, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    I’m not able to travel to New York and see this exhibit. I purchased the book. It’s incredible. Not just to be that creative, but to have the skill set to actually build garments the way he did. Amazing.

  11. CBC

    August 4, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    so sad he’s gone….it was bitter sweet…great tribute to a great talent

  12. Riann

    August 4, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    The exhibition was unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. It’s amazing how things can inspire you! The day of my visit, I realized how much I wanted to tell the world what I saw, how bad I felt for those that couldnt visit and most of all, how much I missed writing and wrote my first blog in 5 years!!

  13. Savannah

    August 4, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    These pieces are incredible! Love the headdress!

  14. The Bohmerian

    August 4, 2011 at 11:44 pm

    Yes it was amazing. I would love to know what your most inspiring moment was??

    Your Savage Beauty Thoughts on

  15. mixette

    August 5, 2011 at 2:08 am

    And if you can’t make it in person, the book from the show is absolutely stunning.

  16. Jen

    August 5, 2011 at 2:35 am

    This exhibition was incredible. I think I will remember it all of my life. Anyone who can see it needs to go.

  17. Blue

    August 5, 2011 at 5:07 am

    I concurr, it was the best I have ever seen!!!

  18. DStone Magazine

    August 5, 2011 at 6:52 am

    I wish I could have gone to the McQueen Exhibit… He was one of my favourite designers.

  19. Kait

    August 5, 2011 at 8:27 am

    I saw this last weekend. Truly amazing. I am getting married soon and found a McQueen gown at a vintage store in Toronto that wasn’t too outlandish. The exhibit made me all the more sure of my decision.

  20. clarity enhanced diamonds

    August 5, 2011 at 8:43 am

    A very talented man gone way too early!

  21. Anna

    August 5, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Lucky me I was able to see the exhibition on it’s first week in MET. There was a line but it was worth waiting. 90 degrees outside and the exhibition cooled me off. So moving, so extravagant. The most effective part was Kate Moss in floating ideo piece. Think that he planned to have a whole show like that. Amazing.

  22. Cecily

    August 5, 2011 at 6:19 pm

    This exhibit was literally one of the most amazing things I’ve seen. I saw it beginning of June and it was PACKED.

    If you didn’t see the exhibit you really, really missed out. It was worth traveling the 12 hours to NYC.

  23. debi

    August 6, 2011 at 9:34 am

    mcqueen was a genius..his name will live on but no one can ever touch the heights he did with his sheer power of creativity.he’s a personal idol and icon for me.

  24. susan

    August 6, 2011 at 11:11 am

    I made a special visit from London for one day and it was totally worth it. The Met’s curation did McQueen proud. It was a stunning exhibit.

  25. Kacie

    August 6, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    I so wish I could visit this. I’ve heard it’s just amazing.


  26. Birgi

    August 6, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    totalyy can imaging how you have been blown away. he was such an talent.

  27. antique diamond rings

    August 6, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Just a wonderful exhibit!

  28. Ken Métrosexuel

    August 7, 2011 at 10:24 am

    Sad because I missed it… I will check Garance’s pics… :)
    Ken Métrosexuel

  29. Jesse

    August 7, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Most amazing exhibit. haunting, emotionally overwhelming, and devastating!

  30. candleashes

    August 7, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    I seem to be the only person in the world who disliked this exhibit. I love the pieces displayed, McQueen’s work is truly incredible and moving and I was happy for a chance to see it that close in any setting, but the cluttered nature of the exhibit is extremely frustrating. It’s less about the work and more about extra theatrics and shenanigans. And yes, McQueen’s shows were rather theatrical in nature, but runway is a 4D medium, while the exhibit is 3D and rather static; the Met tried to fight the 3D nature of the exhibit and it didn’t go too well. All of those “masks” were super distracting and out of place, especially on the styles with high necks. The “curiosity cabinet” display placed small items in places where they couldn’t really be seen, I had to jump up and down to fully view some shoes, other items were so high up that I couldn’t see them at all (at some point you end up seeing the underside of a shelf and not what’s on top of it). The blackout lighting in one of the displays tried to create a runway experience and only prevented me from seeing the work on display for more than 30 seconds or so. This experience was less frustrating than the American Woman exhibit last year (which was extremely frustrating, especially when compared to the Brooklyn Museum portion of it), but someone needs to put a cap on the Costume Institute’s budget. They try way too hard.

  31. semisweetness

    August 8, 2011 at 2:10 am

    He was truly an artist first, somehow fashion became his medium. I thought the curation of the show was befitting Alexander’s zeitgeist. The 2 most thrilling hours of my life in recent history! (and was not let down by my 5 anticipatory ones!) Imagine what ‘Angels and Demons’ could have been and all those unborn. What mind, imagination, and man humanity has lost.

  32. GG

    August 8, 2011 at 4:08 am

    I can honestly say that I have never been so moved by fashion before in my life. You immediately get the sense that maintaining his artistic integrity meant a lot to him (even said something to that effect in a quote). I’m not a high fashion connoisseur. This exhibit, however, has roused in me a new-found appreciation for some of the creative genius it takes to be a true fashion legend.

  33. Sarayu

    August 8, 2011 at 5:16 am

    subtle wildness juxtaposed with mettalic elegance ! RIP Mcqueen

  34. alexantha

    August 9, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    the kate moss hologram video is what i most remember in a truly astonishing exhibit. saw it in may with a 10 minute wait. however, the met has been very poor at handling congestion once inside the exhibit. usually that’s what the wait outside is for. i guess we should be glad they didn’t put viewers on a moving sidewalk. next time they mount another blockbuster exhibit, i hope they consult with people who can improve the viewing experience.

  35. Marcelita Swann

    August 12, 2011 at 3:44 am

    And to think Diana Vreeland started it all in 1973, after she was fired from Vogue. The first MET show was The World of Balenciaga. Andre Leon Talley was a volunteer in 1974, when Vreeland discovered his talents and insisted he say by her side.

  36. M. T

    August 14, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    We missed it …….so sad

  37. alessandra

    August 26, 2011 at 6:02 am

    wish i could be at a mcq savage beauty exhibition…<3

  38. hana ryan

    August 30, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    i’m so glad you shared this as i have been looking for these pictures, the ones that take me back to being inside the rooms of his imagination. thank you.

  39. fito

    August 31, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    I was lucky to visit McQueen Exhibit in June!!!! I did the tour twice. I was very much moved by McQueen artistic touch.
    Even though I had to queue up for almost 2h, I was a pleasure queueing in MET. Visiting NY from Geneva and having the chance to visit the greatest exhibition, what a experience!!! I loved it!

  40. ROGER

    September 17, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    You’re absolutely right, it was overwhelming, I shed a tear (actually a couple) when I saw the spray-painted dress Shalom wore at the end of that famous fashion show. I travelled from Lima (Peru) just to go see the exhibit and it was SO worth it.

  41. Mama'sBoy

    October 7, 2011 at 3:01 am

    Oh whoa, just amazingly brilliant. Moving.
    All of it is not completely revolutionary, but Garances succinct photos capture some of the most fascinatingly dead-on challenges to couture artistry I’ve ever seen…

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