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SAVAGE BEAUTY

There’s no way back for me now. I’m going to take you on journeys you’ve never dreamed were possible—Alexander McQueen

 

—and his posthumous exhibition at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City certainly does.

 

Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Photograph © Sølve Sundsbø / Art + Commerce.


 

Open since May 4th, The Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty retrospective features over 100 garments and 70 accessories from Mcqueen’s 19-year career.

 

Entering the show one is overcome with the feeling of having stumbled upon a multimedia cabinet of curiosities. Guided by the sounds of howling wolves, crowing crows and crashing waves, the ruminative exhibition celebrates his work and its enduring ambivalence between dark and light, romanticism and death.

 

Set up in 6 galleries, each space succeeds in featuring the different themes present in McQueen’s impressive oeuvre. From his dark/gothic era at Givenchy to his last flamboyant S/S 2010 Plato’s Atlantis collection, every gallery is accentuated with a plethora of thoughtful details, such as the elaborate headpieces of Philip Treacy and the video work of Nick Knight.

 

In Savage Beauty, one is meticulously led through a melancholic exploration of the mind of an artist, fulfilling McQueen’s wish of drawing his audience into blissful obscurity.

 

 

SHOWstudio: Plato’s Atlantis – Alexander McQueen, Nick Knight, Ruth Hogben from SHOWstudio.

 

 

 

Text by Benjamin Kinas.

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