Savage Beauty

Photograph © Sølve Sundsbø / Art + Commerce

You cannot swing a cat in this town without hitting somebody who says,

‘You HAVE to go see Savage Beauty.’

‘You HAVE to get there at 9 am on a week day or else you’ll wait in line for an hour.’

‘You HAVE to hurry and go before all the tourists get here this summer!’

OK!  OK!  Twist my arm!  I’ll go!  I’ll go!

Lucky ducky for me, a friend had a Met Museum Membership pass so we could bypass the line and the price tag.  Otherwise I don’t know if I would have completely enjoyed being packed into a dark exhibition space with a bunch of people secretly trying to take forbidden photographs of a dress made entirely out of pheasant feathers (honestly, it was made out of pheasant feathers and it was incredible).

The late Alexander McQueen‘s exhibit at the The Costume Institute at the Met really is beautiful.  I mean, it’s not exactly my taste.  He was very dark and very tortured if his creations are indicative of his head space (Lady GaGa’s meat dress?  The Jack the Ripper blazer?  God, that blazer is beautiful, though), but there is no denying he was a master craftsman, a genius.

Plus we brought the baby with us.  This was his first visit to the Met and he loved it.  He loved the exhibition and he charmed everyone he came in contact with.  People would be in their dark and mysterious frames of mind, while they viewed a collection of clothing entitled Highland Rape and then the baby would stick his face right in front of theirs with a big, goofy grin and they would be so surprised they couldn’t help but laugh.

If you can’t get to the exhibit, click on the webpage link up above and you can view several photos and descriptions of some of the pieces on display.  If you’re claustrophobic like me, you might even find this way of viewing the collection more enjoyable than being squeezed in there with all those people.  Oh and look!!!  I found a photo of the pheasant feather dress!  Come on!  It’s crazy right?  Unbelievable.

Photograph © Sølve Sundsbø / Art + Commerce

There is also the book.  I started collecting hard-cover coffee table books of places we’ve been or fun things we’ve seen and this book is a must have.  Even if you aren’t a fashion junkie (which I am not).  It’s exquisite.

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

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