Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty – Exhibition Review at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
by Daniel Haim
“When you see a woman wearing McQueen, there’s a certain hardness to the clothes that makes her look powerful. It kind of fends people off.”
We arrived after a cup of cappuccino and croissant, ready to witness a moment in history. It was around 10:30 AM, and Stella McCartney followed by Sarah Burton held a speech for the ceremony which was very moving, everyone was dressed so well.
As we progressed towards the exhibition itself, empowered by the feel at the Metropolitan Museum, surrounded by fashion designers and Vogue staff we entered the room and we were welcome with a note that is written in gold serif fonts on a black wall with a spotlight.
“I’m a romantic schizophrenic.”
McQueen’s astonishing, creative, and conceptual ‘complexed’ designs were showcased so very well at the exhibition, it’s where they belong – at a museum. Growing up, I always found interest in fashion shows and I always knew that going to an Alexander McQueen runway presentations was an experience of a lifetime. Avant-garde installations and performance arts, combined with the industry’s elite. This is also expressed at this exhibition, we felt that power.
And really, how can you not get goosebumps while the theme song from Schindler’s List is playing in the background? And that’s while you are reading quotes by Alexander talking about the afterlife – surrounded by amazing people – one person in particular caught my attention as he had headphones on, he said “I remember this show,.. I was there.”.. Isn’t that amazing?.
“I want to be the purveyor of a certain silhouette or a way of cutting, so that when I’m dead and gone people will know that the twenty-first century was starred by Alexander McQueen” – your plan worked Alexander..
Alexander McQueen S/S 1999 – Creating an art piece
To summarize this exhibition in just a few sentences.. It was spectacular, inspiring, it was something else. It is the best exhibitions we have ever attended in our entire lives, it was breath taking, like an Alexander McQueen runway show.
I want to summarize the review from a quote I read inside the book we purchased. The following words are by Thomas P. Campbell, Director of The Metropolitan Museum of Art:
“There are any number of fashion designers with the creative distinction to warrant a presentation of their work in an art museum. But I can think of few whose careers fit as easily within the language and methodologies of art history as that of Alexander McQueen.”
To anyone who might be passing among New York City, even for a day, do not miss this exhibition, this experience will stay with you forever.
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty – Exhibition