As many of you may know, The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art has put together a tribute exhibit to the extraordinary designer Alexander McQueen. This weekend marks the end of the truly amazing show. I want to encourage anyone able to do so to brave the lines and crowds at the MET and visit the exhibition. You will not be disappointed.
Alexander McQueen, the fashion mogul who tragically took his life last year, was an incredible talent and asset to the entire world of design. Although his outlook on life was often dark, his dedication to fashion allowed him to produce cutting-edge, brilliant apparel for women.
Below is a gallery of images taken from the “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” book available at the MET. For those of you unable to view McQueen's creations in person, this book provides a proper window into the artist's life and career. Page after page beautifully illustrates the striking fashions on view at the MET, and the preface (by Chief Curator of the exhibit Andrew Bolton) is insightful and revealing. I hope you are able to grasp the sensationalism of McQueen’s designs from this selection of photos from "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty."
Regarding McQueen, Charles Isherwood for The New York Times said, “his daring, sometimes outlandish creations gave women a chance to play with new personas, escape into more daring, more debauched, more exotic roles.”
What many revere most about Alexander McQueen is his precise tailoring. A strong foundation in the traditions of sewing and textiles enabled the designer to later push the style envelope, to create the stunning clothes he is best remembered by.
Others marvel at McQueen's runway-shows, performances which often included installation art and references to pop culture and history. One of his shows, called It's Only a Game, enacted a game of chess inspired by the Harry Potter series.
Personally, I am in awe of McQueen’s visions. For me, his fashion demonstrates a passion and fervor for all things inspirational—whether the beautiful, the ugly, the historical, and even the supernatural. He embodies a creativity and drive that we in the design field strive for everyday.
Here is a wonderful quote, in the words of McQueen himself, that I find uplifting: “What you see in the work is the person itself. And my heart is in my work.”
Hopefully you find McQueen's legacy and fashions as remarkable as I do.