“I don’t really get inspired by specific women. It’s not like you see a beautiful woman and she becomes your muse. It’s more in the minds of the great women of the past, Catherine the Great or Marie Antoinette. People who were doomed. Joan of Arc or Colette. Iconic women.” – Alexander McQueen
Over the weekend, our family viewed the ‘Savage Beauty’ exhibit at the Met. Our daughter at age 6 (going on 16) already has a collection of hand-drawn “fashion” designs. The crowds were thick and relative to grown-ups she is short, so she had to enjoy the exhibit from Dad’s arms – good thing he works out. I was completely blown away by Alexander McQueen’s creative talent and mastery of the most unusual materials.
A self-described Romantic Schizophrenic, in his short lifetime, Alexander McQueen wowed the fashion industry with unique statements in unusual materials.
I just love butterflies pretty much in any context and I’ve always been partial to red.
Lace and Embroidery
Lace and embroidery – these are all about the texture. Rest assured, I won’t be balancing a box (or antlers) on my head any time soon. The lace piece punctured by the antlers cost $2,000. My mother-in-law would have a heart attack if we did that to lace.
In a gown or a light fixture, black feathers are sleek and stunning.
The nature dresses were unbelievably detailed and the shoes… I could not ever wear the shoes (too high) but each pair is made by hand. Shoe.Love. One of the most interesting kitchens (and homes) I have ever read about is by Chang Architects. Note the uplighting of these trees. I have visions of our child skateboarding through these. Either that or me bumping into one while carrying the cheese tray and a bottle of wine.
Whoa. Must say I am a bit more enamored of chain mail in lighting than in clothing.
I thought these tiles best captured the sculptural quality of the dress, even in the absence of vibrant color.
“His fashions were an outlet for his emotions, an expression of the deepest, often darkest, aspects of his imagination. He was a true romantic in the Byronic sense of the word – he channeled the sublime.” – Andrew Bolton, Curator of The Costume Institute
Run, don’t walk, to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC to see this exhibit.