On my last day in New York I revisited the Metropolitan Museum of Art, this time to experience the “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” exhibition.
As I walked in I was greeted by two breath-taking McQueen creations and I knew I was in for a spectacular visual treat.
I was total geek walking around the exhibition with the headset, because I wanted to learn so much more about McQueen.
On one of the recordings, Sarah Jessica Parker shared that Lee McQueen was a painfully shy person, so much so that on the 80 block ride to the Met Gala they never uttered a word.
Sarah Burton, Philip Treacy and other people who worked with Lee also shared their heart-warming stories about the perfectionist who loved birds and found beauty in the grotesque.
The exhibition housed many iconic McQueen pieces such as the Spring 1999 robot spray painted dress worn by Shalom Harlow, the ethereal ‘hologram’ organza dress famously worn by Kate Moss in a video for McQueen’s Autumn/Winter 2006 finale, and the pair of hand-carved wooden prosthetic legs made for Aimee Mullins who walked in McQueen’s Spring 1999 presentation.
The exhibition showcased pieces from McQueen’s 1992 MA Graduate collection, right up to his final Fall 2010 collection (which was one the few pieces to be kept behind glass) plus some of the Givenchy Haute Couture pieces he created for the French design house.
The exhibition ended with the Plato’s Atlantis Spring 2010 collection; the last collection we saw whilst the designer was still alive; complete with the famous armadillo boots, which Sarah Burton said on one of the recordings, “They aren’t as hard to walk in as you would expect.”
Speaking of the armadillo boots, I got a really cute miniature version from the gift shop along with the ‘Savage Beauty’ book which is available from AlexanderMcQueen.com.
Valentino designers Pier Paolo Piccioli and Maria Grazia Chiuri were in front of me in the queue, and they purchased about 6 books between them. Everyone wanted this book as a momento.
The exhibition runs until the July 31st, so if you’re in New York you must check it out.