Metropolitan Museum of art
The late Alexander McQueen’s fashion designs are amazing, but outlandish! The Metropolitan Museum of Art did an exhibition on Alexander McQueen’s life and designs from May 4 until July 31, 2011. This video shows over 100 of his ensembles designs in a very tastefully done video. McQueen had a nineteen year career in fashion before he took his own life in February 2010. This is one of the groundbreaking exhibitions that has helped fashion to be considered an art form. The curator, Andrew Bolton takes us through the different rooms in the exhibit and helps explain the expressions of culture, politics and identity.
The title, “Savage Beauty” talks about McQueen's contrasting of opposites. The first section is the Romantic Mind and they show here his background as a tailor and his craftsmanship. The next section is Romantic Gothic and McQueen is quoted saying that he feels that he was the Edgar Allen Poe of Fashion and his darker side of 19th century Victorianism with Vampires and highwayman is seen in this work. The next room is the Cabinet of Curiosities. This room shows 18th and 19th century objects and helps you see how he views the world. This room shows the breadth of his Art. Next is the Romantic Nationalism. This room has the Brits versus the Scotts. McQueen has a Scottish heritage that he is very proud of and the Love of English history. This shows many ensembles with the McQueen tartan. The next room was very controversial it is titled Highland Rape and was initially shown in 1995. This is a very provocative room and according to McQueen it had nothing to do with the rape of women, but it was about the Scottish Jacobite riots in the 18th century. This violence was shown in the clothes and the room. This room ended with a hologram that was well received. The next room was Romantic Exoticism, and they used mirrors to make it look like a music box. This room shows the influence of his love of history and embroidery with the China, Japan, and India influence. Romantic Primitivism used a rusty metal backdrop to look like a sunken ship. There is even a video above the gallery to make it more of a feeling of the sunken ship. The theme of predator-Prey and primitive-civilized was also shown. The next room shows Romantic Naturalism. The wallpaper is an enlargement of a drawing of McQueen. This room also shows how McQueen used nature to give him ideas. The use of flowers and natural materials is prevalent. The last room is called Plato’s Atlantis and is set up to look like a laboratory it is his last collection before his death. It showed how he loved to provoke people's emotions and this collection shows that.The McQueen clothing that he designed reminds me of a video game it is very different but very pretty. I would love to wear pieces of his clothing but not all of them. I particularly like the Romantic Gothic stuff. It has the style that I would like to wear, if I could afford it and get away with this style. The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Andrew Bolton did such a good job of putting this exhibition together that I feel the real art form belongs to Andrew Bolton.