Yesterday, after weeks of waiting, I finally made my way to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City to see one of the biggest exhibits in it's history, 'Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty'...
The show commemorates McQueen's life, designs and aesthetics in such a darkly romantic fashion that Lee himself would have to be impressed. The tiniest details from the quotes on the walls to the mannequins and the wallpaper used are all so meticulously thought through. You walk through and learn about McQueen not just as a designer but as a passionate human who comes across almost other worldly. Yes, there are moments when you are looking at things and just thinking 'what the f**k?!' but that is part of the beauty.
McQueen said, 'I want people to be scared of the women I dress'. And you understand that idea more deeply as you weave through the rooms with actual pieces and pictures and videos surrounding you. Eerily haunted, romantic music is piped through each of the collections and you find yourself feeling a bit lost in dark forest or an abandoned, decrepit mansion. All the while looking at each artifact and being stunned by the intricacies and the beauty of every fabric, every stitch.
'Savage Beauty' is, by far, the best fashion exhibit, and potentially exhibit in general, that I have had the pleasure of being able to see. So, if you have the chance to see it, you must. Word to the wise: be there when the Met opens and get right to the exhibit, the word is out and everyone and their mom wants to get in to visit. With damn good reason... :)