Alexander McQueen | Savage Beauty

The death of Alexander McQueen in 2010 marked an enormous loss to the fashion community. This spring (northern hemisphere), the annual Costume Institute Retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York commemorated the late designer’s creative genius with Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty. The exhibition contains 100 pieces of apparel and 70 accessories spanning McQueen’s 19-year career.

THE ROMANTIC MIND

“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.” - Alexander McQueen

 

ROMANTIC GOTHIC CABINET OF CURIOSITIES

“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.” - Alexander McQueen

 

ROMANTIC NATIONALISM

“The reason I’m patriotic about Scotland is because I think it’s been dealt a really hard hand. It’s marketed the world over as . . . haggis . . . bagpipes. But no one ever puts anything back into it.” - Alexander McQueen

 

ROMANTIC EXOTICISM

“I want to be honest about the world that we live in, and sometimes my political persuasions come through in my work. Fashion can be really racist, looking at the clothes of other cultures as costumes. . . . That’s mundane and it’s old hat. Let’s break down some barriers.” - Alexander McQueen

 

ROMANTIC PRIMITIVISM

“I try to push the silhouette. To change the silhouette is to change the thinking of how we look. What I do is look at ancient African tribes, and the way they dress. The rituals of how they dress. . . . There’s a lot of tribalism in the collections.” - Alexander McQueen

 

ROMANTIC NATURALISM

“I have always loved the mechanics of nature and to a greater or lesser extent my work is always informed by that.” - Alexander McQueen

 

Click here for a detailed look a some selected pieces from the exhibition.

 

Alexander McQueen | Savage Beauty
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