Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a smash success! And you should RUN not walk to see. But plan your visit carefully because it’s the most packed fashion show I’ve ever seen and we went first thing on a Tuesday morning. It was almost like being in a disco (without the hangover) but the music is kinda creepy like you’re in a horror flick. Each room is tricked out in the most creative way-gotta love a museum with a budget for sets, lighting, and collaborations with mannequin artists.
I’ve included shots on my favorite looks above. One of my favorite aspects of the show is the inclusion of so many hats from his runways shows by collaborator Phillip Treacy. Most of the show’s was furnished by the archives of the company and not by actual collectors. The one collector who supplied looks is Daphne Guinness who purchased Isabella Blow’s entire collection of clothing when it went up for auction. Alexander’s creativity was genius and he will be sorely missed. If you want to read some more interesting bits about his CLICK HERE.
The other amazing news about the Costume Institute is that according to Harold Koda (my own fashion fairy godfather-I know I’m lucky) this years benefit raised 10 million dollars-many thanks to Anna Wintour. Although the selection of the shows has nothing to do with Anna, the actual party and financial success is due to Anna Wintour’s support and dedication. Apparently during the Diane Vreeland years the Costume Institute was losing money or just breaking even. It’s a testament as to how popular fashion is today.
Another cool bit that I learned is that Naomi Campbell has been uber supportive of the exhibit as she attended a private showing with friends and family and even though the gift shop was closed she returned to purchase books and limited edition tartan minaudieres (not cheap at $2600) the very next day. I love it when fashion insiders don’t expect to get everything for free and support causes such as the museum.
So go see and tell me what you think.