Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

Today, the long anticipated Alexander McQueen exhibit opens at the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The designer committed suicide in 2010. It's always a tragedy when a beloved artist leaves this mortal coil in his prime, but the thought of him being so miserable whilst being so brilliant and renowned is just heartbreaking.

His work was witty and achingly beautiful. The picture above is part of a Grace Coddington styled spread in Vogue featuring model Coco Rocha (among others) wearing his creations. Some samplings from the exhibit below. I'm likely going to go some Friday first thing in the morning, sketchbook firmly in hand, to beat the crowds.

Particularly for those of my readers who are theater folk with little knowledge of fashion: his runway shows were truly beautiful living and ephemeral pieces of art. See this video montage below, courtesy The Met and Alexander McQueen's estate:

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