A Look Inside ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’

As The Met officially stated,

“The exhibition, organized by The Costume Institute, will celebrate the late Alexander McQueen’s extraordinary contributions to fashion.

From his Central Saint Martins postgraduate collection of 1992 to his final runway presentation, which took place after his death in February 2010, Mr. McQueen challenged and expanded the understanding of fashion beyond utility to a conceptual expression of culture, politics, and identity.

His iconic designs constitute the work of an artist whose medium of expression was fashion.

The exhibition will feature approximately one hundred ensembles and seventy accessories from Mr. McQueen’s prolific nineteen-year career.

Drawn primarily from the Alexander McQueen Archive in London, with some pieces from the Givenchy Archive in Paris as well as private collections, signature designs including the “bumster” trouser, the kimono jacket, and the three-point “origami” frock coat will be on view.

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.”

Read more about the exhibit and Alexander McQueen at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Click all photos to enlarge.

A blurry preview is below, courtesy of my point-and-shoot camera, and if that isn’t enough, check out the other blurry preview from the Huffington Post:-

I really loved this exhibit.

It. Is. Incredible.

It’s in my top five exhibits ever… right below King Tut and Princess Diana — and that is saying something.

One of the things I learned was that McQueen was an excellent tailor.

He said, that in order to learn to deconstruct clothes, he had to learn how to construct them properly first. Thus, he did.

This is extremely evident in his work.

While, extravagant in some cases, often frightening in others, and downright exquisite in everything else, McQueen’s superior attention to detail shines through in each one of his pieces.

Each one of his pieces showcases fluid lines, smooth accentuation of the female waist and hips and clean curves.

He has this amazing use of colour, where his pieces often contrast and compliment each other in vibrant, radiant hues.

But most of all, one of the best things about him — was his creativity.

The armadillo shoe aside, there were quite a few pieces that were made from seashells, clam shells, oysters, pure plastic etc. He really knew how to take something simple, such as a feather, and magnify it’s beauty many, many times over.

If you are in NYC or England this summer, you absolutely must visit this exhibit.

It’s really a sight to see!

“Clothes and jewellery should be startling, individual. When you see a woman in my clothes, you want to know more about them. To me, that is what distinguishes good designers from bad designers.”

– Alexander McQueen

A better version:-

“I’m inspired by a feather.”

– Alexander McQueen

“There is no way back for me now. I am going to take you on journeys you’ve never dreamed were possible.”

– Alexander McQueen

“I’m a romantic schizophrenic.”

– Alexander McQueen

One more time…

Yes, that is THE original Armadillo shoe!

This is my absolute favourite.

I want this outfit…

And yes, I want the shoes too.

Believe me, I have no issues walking around with a crown, jeweled shoes and a giant silk red cape-robe…

Another, possibly better shot…


The “jelly fish” aka, Lady GaGa’s outfit from “Bad Romance”…

Yes, now you too, can own an armadillo shoe for $25 USD… except it’s 3-inches tall…

If you’re interested in reading about more, check out Vogue UK.


Sasha H. Muradali runs the Little Pink Blog (formerly Little Pink Book PR). She holds a B.S. Public Relations from the University of Florida with a minor in Dance (’07) and an M.A. International Administration with a concentration in Communication from the University of Miami (’08). She loves Twitter (@SashaHalima), Harry Potter and the colour pink. Get a copy of the Little Pink Blog delivered to your Kindle and find us on Facebook.

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