Monday, August 8, 2011

Savage Beauty.

Sadly, I did not make it to see the Alexander McQueen show at the Met which closed yesterday. The problem in NYC is once a show has gotten much press it is PACKED. Therefore, lines for this exhibit were up to 2.5 hours long and I just simply do not have the time for an all day museum day right now. So I missed out. But I am so glad there has been such great press coverage off the show as at least I got a sense of what I missed. Here is an article on the lines.

The installation seems like it was incredibly well thought out, as they usually are at the Met, and lately they have been more and more creative as well. In the McQueen exhibit they played video projections of his runway shows & showed the same videos that he had used as "backdrops" for the runway shows.

McQueen was no doubt an incredible designer and just as much artist as designer. But his incredible use of textures is nothing short of amazing.
Sadly, the fate of many great geniuses do not end happily, McQueen committed suicide at the age of 40 last year.

It is important to look at death because it is a part of life. It is a sad thing, melancholy but romantic at the same time. It is the end of a cycle—everything has to end. The cycle of life is positive because it gives room for new things.

McQueen, Drapers, February 20, 2010

See a wonderful video that walks you through the exhibit here.

You’ve got to know the rules to break them. That’s what I’m here for, to demolish the rules but to keep the tradition.

—Alexander McQueen

See many of the works and read quotes from McQueen and the curator at the Met's site here.

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