Savage Beauty

 

“You’ve got to know the rules to break them. That’s what I’m here for, to demolish the rules but to keep the tradition.”

    â€”Alexander McQueen 

 

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I have many favorites in the fashion world, but my heart will always hold a special place for Alexander McQueen.  His fashion's were works of pure fantasy, with a story behind each article of clothing.  Like myself, he was a true romantic with a bit of a dark side…   

 

“People find my things sometimes aggressive. But I don’t see it as aggressive. I see it as romantic, dealing with a dark side of personality.”

    â€”Alexander McQueen

 

His runway shows were groundbreaking and sometimes difficult to watch.  Like any good artwork, his shows forced you to think and to examine our culture and ourselves.  They could be beautiful, eerie, spontaneous, and uncomfortable.

During one of my favorite shows he created a human chessboard…



 


The exhibition features approximately 100 ensembles and 70 accessories from his 19-year career, which began with his graduation from Central Saint Martins to his last collection before his death last year. 

If you are in New York, or will be there before July 31st, make sure and check out this stunning exhibit.  And if you can't make it, here are a few of my favorite fashions that will be on display.

 

 

 

Dress, VOSS, spring/summer 2001

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Runway McQueen VOSS, spring/summer 2001

Dress, The Horn of Plenty, autumn/winter 2009–10

9.McQueenBlackDuckFeathersFall2009-10.EL

SL.15.2011.9.99a–e_mcq.2085.AV1

 

 

“Oyster” Dress, Irere, spring/summer 2003

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McQ.1366a–c_mcq.1366.AV1

 

 

 

Dress, Sarabande, spring/summer 2007

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SL.15.2011.9.84a,-d_mcq.1855_d.AV2

 

 

 

Ensemble, No. 13, spring/summer 1999

McQ.840a–f.EL 

McQ.840a–f_mcq.840a–f_Prez_accessory.AV0.EL 

McQ.840a–d_mcq.840.AV1

 

 

 

“Jellyfish” Ensemble, Plato’s Atlantis, spring/summer 2010 13.McQueenSp2010Plato'sAtlantis.L

SL.15.2011.9.108a–d_McQ1110_Rom_natur_SS10_Look45_034.AV0

SL.15.2011.9.108a–d_mcq.2130.AV1

 

 

 

 

Ensemble, Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, autumn/winter 2002–3

McQ.1341a–d.EL 

McQ.1341a–d_mcq.1341.AV1

 

 

 

 

Ensemble, It’s Only a Game, spring/summer 2005

McQ.1653a–e.L 

McQ.1653a–e_mcq.1653a–e_Prez_back.AV0.EL 

McQ.1653a–e_mcq.1653.AV1

 

 

 

 

Dress, It’s Only a Game, spring/summer 2005

McQ.1650a–d.EL 

SL.15.2011.9.65a, d_mcq.1650.AV1

 

Ensemble, Widows of Culloden, autumn/winter 2006–7

McQ.1800a–e.L 

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Dress, Widows of Culloden, autumn/winter 2006–7

McQ.1779a–g.EL 

McQ.1779a–d_mcq.1779.AV1

 

 

Dress, No. 13, spring/summer 1999

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McQ.851a–d_mcq.851_v4.AV4

 

 

 

*Shop McQueen below*

(All photos taken from http://blog.metmuseum.org/alexandermcqueen/)