LUXURYCULTURE.COM - Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, New York


5/4/11 - 7/31/11

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
May 4–July 31, 2011
1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY
+1 212 535 7710

The eagerly awaited exhibition features approximately 100 examples of Alexander McQueen’s (1969-2010) work from his prolific 19-year career in fashion design, including signature designs such as the bumster trouser, the kimono jacket, and the origami frock coat. McQueen’s fashions often referenced the exaggerated silhouettes of the 1860s, 1880s, 1890s, and 1950s, but his technical ingenuity always imbued his designs with an innovative sensibility that kept him at the vanguard.

Recurring themes in McQueen’s work that are explored begin with “The Savage Mind” which examines his subversion of traditional tailoring and dressmaking practices through displacement and deconstruction. “Romantic Gothic” highlights McQueen’s narrative approach to fashion and illuminates his engagement with Romantic literary traditions such as death, decay, and darkness. “Romantic Nationalism” looks at his fascination with the distant past, while “Romantic Exoticism” examines his focus on distant places. “Romantic Primitivism” explores McQueen’s engagement with the ideal of the “noble savage.”

Five of McQueen’s landmark collections that explore his engagement with the Romantic sublime and the dialectics of beauty and horror are interspersed throughout the show. “Cabinet of Curiosities” includes various atavistic and fetishized objects often produced with milliner Philip Treacy and jeweler Shaun Leane, longtime collaborators of McQueen’s.

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