04 May 2011

Alexander McQueen

Today, the Metropolitan Museum of Art premieres "Alexander McQueen. Savage Beauty" an exhibit that
"will celebrate the late Alexander McQueen’s extraordinary contributions to fashion. From his Central Saint Martins postgraduate collection of 1992 to his final runway presentation, which took place after his death in February 2010, Mr. McQueen challenged and expanded the understanding of fashion beyond utility to a conceptual expression of culture, politics, and identity. His iconic designs constitute the work of an artist whose medium of expression was fashion. The exhibition will feature approximately one hundred ensembles and seventy accessories from Mr. McQueen’s prolific nineteen-year career. "

Although his style included elements from many eras, I always felt that his synthesis of modern and vintage fashion was a wonderful distillation of magic and beauty, and was definitely a timeless interpretation of stunner style. Rich velvets, fantastical creatures and Beardsley-esque peacocks have all made an appearance in McQueen collections.You can peruse a selection of McQueen's designs included in the exhibit on the Met's webiste.

Here are some McQueen designs that made me think of some of our beloved PRB Stunners:
From the "Widows of Culloden" Collection, Autumn/Winter 2006-2007
Effie Gray (Ruskin) Millais in "The Order of Release" by Millais
From  "The Girl Who Lived in the Tree" Collection, Autumn/Winter 2008-2009
Jane Morris in a study for "Proserpina" by Rossetti
Well, o.k., perhaps if she were dressed in Beardsley's "Peacock Skirt" ;-)

From the "Highland Rape" Collection, Autumn / Winter 1995-1996
(and no, it's not about raping women, but regarding the rape of the Scottish Highlands)

The lovely ladies of Waterhouse's "Hylas and the Nymphs"