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A Museum of Savage Dreams

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York has recently unveiled a breathtaking show of the late Alexander McQueen‘s designs, aptly entitled “Savage Dream.” If this isn’t like stepping into a fatasmagorically beautiful nightmare, Beyonce might want to show me her version. Somehow, I doubt it compares.

The pieces, stemming from McQueen’s innovative first works as a design student  and apprentice on London’s prestigious Savile Row and culminating in his otherworldly 2010 Plato Atlantis collection are frightening in their complexity and, like priceless pieces of art, so exquisite as to be breathtaking, and at times, puzzling. From the simple that we all now take for granted (those ‘low rise jeans?’ Thanks McQueen), to the bone buckling ‘Armadillo Shoes,’ (think Lady Gaga – in all her versions) McQueen has been the defining voice in subversive fashion: a twisted and modern take on the dark romantic movement.

As if this weren’t enough, Guido Palau was given the inordinately subjective task of styling the heads of the mannequins. Responsible for McQueen’s extravagant runway coiffures, the display of bandaged, girdled and laced heads was both stunning and stomach churning.

Through July 31st, for all my fashion lovers, this is a good enough time to go to New York if I ever saw one.




  • Anonymous

    I think his work is endlessly brilliant. It’s so troubling that he took his life, he made us Canadians a proud member of the fashion world in a way we never before knew. Hopefully, he legacy inspires fellow fashion forward citizens to enter this world of fantasy and explore it with fabrics and the like :)  

    • http://www.theternalist.blogspot.com Claravaz1

       I think so too – but I also believe that perhaps to be a great artist you have to be messed up in your head at some level… Somewhere, the inspiration for those collections was mixed with his own ideas, and to see the results can make realizing that image quite frightening.

  • sabrina

    wow this is amazing and soooo makes me want to take a trip to NYC ;)
    thanks for the great pictures! 

  • Chris Elliott

    This stuff is awesome Clara! We’re sooo thrilled to have you back!!!

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