Inside Savage Beauty

Jun 25, 2011

"There is no going back for me now. I am going to take you on journeys you've never dreamed were possible."-Alexander McQueen
Today, I realized that my admiration and love for Alexander McQueen-the brand, the designs-could almost be called premature. This realization was taken directly from my awe at seeing McQueen's designs with my own eyes. Only upon laying eyes on the beauty of Alexander McQueen's clothes did I know how much of a genius, an icon, the designer was. Although I always believed this, today I truly know this. 
The exhibition Savage Beauty went beyond the task of showcasing the brilliant creations of Alexander McQueen. The Metropolitan Museum displayed the stories behind the clothes, the inspiration McQueen found, and how Alexander McQueen's mind found this inspiration and stitched these stories into the intricate creations we have come to know and love. Each collection featured quotes from the designer himself concerning the clothes, and a complete analysis of the meaning and history behind the collection. Most of all, it exposed the romanticism that was behind every layer of fabric, every detail of jewelry, and in every outfit McQueen created. Romanticism takes nature and creates art using it as a sort of alternative to the structured way of the world, and as a rationalization of nature. However, it was used to create terror and awe-in McQueen's case, it seems like each emotion is equally distributed. Nature was also one of the largest sources of inspiration for Alexander. Whether collections were based on parts of nature themselves, or actually created by them, nature was always a large part of his designs. Alexander himself said, “I have always loved the mechanics of nature and to a greater or lesser extent my work is always informed by that.” 
The exhibition itself enhanced the already stunning affect of McQueen's designs with runway videos, an accessory showroom,-featuring Phillip Treacy's incredibly detailed hats for McQueen's collections-a hologram of Kate Moss' haunting runway walk for the show Widows of Culloden, and spinning mannequins wearing flowing dresses. Each affect only added another layer of beauty to the clothes Alexander created. Savage Beauty's visual effects complemented each outfit in such perfection that it was truly the highlight of the exhibition. McQueen's visions were shown not only through the clothes, but from each paragraph of text, each background the mannequins stood in front of, and every music track that fit for each collection. 
It was through this exhibition that McQueen fans can see what the designer felt, thought,
 and had in mind as he created the most loved, coveted, controversial, and talked-about collections the world has seen throughout his career. Although the purpose was to display his shockingly beautiful clothes, the exhibition simultaneously displayed Alexander McQueen's entire inner world, a world where life was romanticism, history, and stories, woven into an intense, elaborate artistic way of living. Savage Beauty exposed this way of being, this life we have have struggled to uncover, and brought beauty into tragedy-rather than showing the immense pain and loss of Alexander McQueen's death, it showed us the allure, style, vision and genius of his life. 
The dress in the top two pictures is made of hundreds of yards of organza because McQueen wanted to make it look "as if she had drowned" in the dress. 
Kate Moss in a moving hologram of her runway walk for McQueen

-M
All pictures from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Savage Beauty runs till August 7, 2011. 

36 comments

  1. This is such a beautifully written post. Thankyou so much for posting this, I was waiting anxiously for this post as I've been dying to see this exhibition. Since I'm unable to, I'm lapping up every detail of each picture here! What a great event.
    xoxo, Veena <3

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  2. The exhibition must be fantastic! I would love to see it, but for that it has to come closer to me...somewhere in Europe:)

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  3. this is such an amazing post.. i love mc queen.. he is such a genius! i love your blog.. followed you :)

    really hoping you could visit my blog too and follow back.. would be a pleasure.. :)

    Sol

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  4. o how i wish i could see this! looks amazing and the moving hologram of kate! wow!!

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  5. I'm not a huge fan of Alexander's work, but he definitely made amazing pieces :)

    See you!

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  6. meera! this is truly awesome that you got to see this in person. these clothes absolutely define beauty and art. ohhh how I wish he were still with us. lovely write up girl!

    xoxo

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  7. I would love to go to this, it looks absolutely amazing- I'm so jealous!
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  8. Thanks for an insightful, inspiring piece of writing - felt like i was there x

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  9. great post. thanks for sharing.

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  11. How long were the lines for this exhibition? I was supposed to go on Wednesday but plans fell through due to everyone thinking there wouldn't be enough time with the lines and all. I can NOT wait to see these works of art! They're breathtaking! I love your photos and thanks for posting about this! It makes me want to go even more! x

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  12. I'm so excited, I'm actually headed to the museum sometime this week during a one-day trip to NY! xoxo,
    Veena <3

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  13. such a great post!!!!i love mcqueen thank toy! :)hope you can check out my blog for some +vibes and inspiration! XO

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  14. How fun! I would love to go see his exhibit one day. xx

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  15. Great post. I only really found more out about MacQueen about a year before he died, but he seemed to me to be a very intelligent man making useful statements through his clothes. Thanks for visiting my blog too x

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  16. this is a great post! the pictures are amazing, i can't wait to see the exhibit. i am a new blogger by the way, and i'm friends with Veena from Seven-Inch-Stilettos; she recommended your blog to me! hope you will follow me back once i get going!

    xoxo
    noelle
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  17. Awesome writing! He was truly a genius. What I would do to see this exhibit. Thanks for sharing.

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  18. aaaaaaaaaah i'm so jelaous!!!
    i would be in NY to see this exposition!!! Mcqueen what a big genius!!!! i love every single pics of this post and i want to thank you to shared this one!!!
    very nice blog!! i'm following you by google friends box hope you'll do the same if you'll like mine :)
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  19. lovely written post. Alexander McQueen was a fashion genius. Just awe inspiring. Great post. :)x

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  20. That's so COOL you got to see this exhibit. I would love to see his designs. Great post, following you now

    xoDale
    Thanks so much for your comment
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  21. I awarded you a blog award, dear! Check my newest post for more details. xoxo, Veena <3

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  22. I really enjoy all your posts. Subscribed.
    Thank you for the kind words,
    xx Kelsey

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  23. hey youre so lucky you can go to the exhibition. Thanks for your comment on my blog. following your blog now.


    silvia
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  24. wow love this post!

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  25. I am so jealous! Alexander McQueen is so legendary in the fashion scene - wish I could've been there! I had checked out the Valentino Retrospective before and that was amazing so I can only imagine how great this must've been :).

    xx Theresa R.

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  26. This is amazing :))

    LOVE minnja

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  27. I really would love to go to this exhibit. I'm not wayyy into fashion or anything but I've seen so many pics of this exhibit now and it just looks so amazing!!




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  28. amazing photos!alexander mcqueen was a genius!

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  29. Hey Meera - that post is super amazing and very stylish! Alexander McQueen was such an amazing artist and his creations are just beauitul and I love his work....great post girl ;) xxx

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  30. Look slike an amazing exhibition!! I have been dreaming about going to NY just so I could see it!! But I am Ss happy that you got to enjoy it!!

    xox,
    karen

    www.rubytuesdayfashionanddesign.blogspot.com

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  31. I would have loved to see it, but unfortunately I'm not able to.... :( xx Nini

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  32. How incredible that you were able to see them in person! He was truly an artist and visionary.

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