_UPDATE: Due to the popularity of this exhibit the Museum is extended the exhbit from July 31 to August 7. They will also open the exhibit on Mondays, when the rest of the museum is closed, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for visitors willing to pay an extra $50 fee.
“I don’t GET it!” You’ve either said it or heard it while sitting in the front row at those wild fashion shows that seem like the creation of a deranged human that was released from the institution before they had been fully "cured." Some have said that about Alexander McQueen. Don’t say who! By now there are very few people on Earth who have not heard of Alexander McQueen. He is certainlya household name after the fashion house that bears his name was selected to create the wedding dress for a little girl named Kate, or Catherine, or the Duchess of Cambridge depending on your perspective or position.
If you’ve ever seen a show by Alexander McQueen and said “I don’t GET it” there is now help for you. Jump on the nearest mode of transport and get yourself to the Metropolitan Museum to experience Savage Beauty. This is probably the best exhibit the Met has put on…EVER. OK, that might be a bit much since the Museum was founded in 1870. But it will heighten all of your senses and make you signifantly more informed about couture. Visually stunning with some of McQueen's most dramatic pieces that showcase his dark glamour. Auditorially enlightening with sounds and music but also incredibly informative if you smart and opt for the $6 audio guide (A MUST if you really want to GET it). Tactility…well don’t touch but it will be hard to resist because the items in the collection draw you in and you start to wonder what that horse hair skirt feels like. Are those beads or slim? Of course you are guaranteed to touch two things.
Nowness has put together this great video:
But the Met’s website has amazing video that will further intrigue and inform you. Then you’ll want to go back to where it all began so you can explain to other how you always understood he was a genius. But stop by AlexanderMcQueen.com to make sure you have it all down and perhaps pick up those chic new Iris Platform Sandals. At $3,495 they will probably be gone quickly.
And let’s not forget Anna’s little party that launched the entire exhibit. As you know every year Anna Wintor host the Oscars of the East. This year she chaired the event with Francois-Henri Pinault, the CEO of PPR, which owns the McQueen label, and his wife, Salma Hayek, and co-chairs Colin Firth and Stella McCartney. Daphne Guinness got dressed for the event in Barney's window...the below video is a must see.
_For a look at the glitterati who attended Anna's little party see the below.
_Or the images hosted HERE. The after party looks like it was a full on celebration. The NYTimes also put together this good little slideshow.
So break out your Aramdillo shoes, put on your favorite Lady Gaga song, and march over to the exhibit so McQueen can be remembered, admired, and hopefully better understood.