Alexander McQueen was a fashion great. An icon. An idol. A revolutionary.
And that only made his death that much more tragic.
Two weekends ago, while I was in NYC, I had the pleasure of attending the Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty” exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. And, oh, goodness, I cannot recommend it enough! Seriously…there is no way to describe how much of a creative genius this man was.
I think, however, it does take a certain person to fully appreciate his work. To some people, it just comes off as bizarre. However, if you take the time to look at each garment as a piece of art and to read all of the plentiful quotes throughout the exhibit, there’s no way you could not appreciate his creativity. He had a unique way of thinking and looking at the world. Were all his pieces meant to be worn by the average 9-to-5 worker? No. But that wasn’t his goal either…he was creating art, and high – runway – fashion was the way to communicate this art (not ready-to-wear fashion).
This is why I highly encourage a visit to the exhibit. Yes, it can be crowded. However, yes, it is truly spectacular. The workmanship? Oh, don’t even get me started – absolute perfection.
The exhibit shows until August 7th. If you get the chance to go, I’d love to hear what you think. If you already have gone, I’d also love to hear your reaction (even if you disagree with me!).
And one last thought: While Kate Middleton’s wedding dress was in fact fabulous, and it was in fact created by Alexander McQueen’s house, do not expect the exhibit to showcase only pieces similar to this. If you go with the expectation of seeing Kate-esque dresses, you will be disappointed. So clear that misconception away right now, and enjoy the show for what it is!