i’m pretty bummed that i’ll be missing the alexander mcqueen retrospective “alexander mcqueen: savage beauty” at the metropolitan museum of art in nyc by days. i’m leaving on april 30th and the opening launch at the costume institute benefit gala (met ball) is on may 2nd; it will be open to the public from may 4th to july 31st. so if you live there, or are visiting during that time, please visit so i can live vicariously through you.
mcqueen has become one of my favorite designers…unfortunately i wasn’t exposed to his genius until after his sad passing. long live mcqueen, rip.
alexander mcqueen a/w 2009
excerpted from telegraph:
The exhibition will examine more than two decades of McQueen’s work as a designer and couturier, from his MA graduate collection from Central St Martins College of Art, through his years as the creative director of the house of Givenchy, and the radical designs for his own label, up to his final collection, which was shown posthumously in Paris, just under a month after his death by suicide, at his home in London.
Alexander McQueen (1969-2010) was one of the most influential, radical and provocative designers of his generation. He saw beyond clothing’s physical constraints to its ideaological and conceptual possibilities, addressing questions related to race, class, gender, sexuality, history, and the future of Planet Earth.
His catwalk presentations were as lavish as they were technologically challenging, offering the audience a fleeting glimpse of fashion as performance art or the theatre of the macabre.
During his career McQueen was awarded the British Designer of the Year trophy four times, and also received the CFDA’s (Council of Fashion Designers of America) award for the International Designer of the Year, in 2003.
coinciding with the opening of the exhibition, the fashion house will be releasing this limited edition silk skull scarf:
it will be available in stores may for $495. this will be a real collector’s piece so i’d love to have it. i can only afford his pieces when they’re on second-cut sale–and even then, barely. i’m fairly certain this will sell out so the chances of me owning it are pretty unlikely.
other lust-worthy mcqueen scarves:
broderie anglais silk scarf, $380
black inverted bar skull ribbon silk/satin scarf, $235