Alexander McQueen Fashion Exhibit

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The Girl Who Lived in the Tree collection 2008-2009 (autumn/winter)

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dress from Voss collection 2001 (spring/summer) In McQueen’s words “My friend George and I were walking on the beach in Norfolk, and there were thousands of [razor-clam] shells. They were so beautiful, I thought I had to do something with them. So, we decided to make [a dress] out of them. . . . The shells had outlived their usefulness on the beach, so we put them to another use on a dress. Then Erin [O’Conner] came out and trashed the dress, so their usefulness was over once again. Kind of like fashion, really.”

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dress from Voss collection 2001(spring/summer) In McQueen’s words “There’s blood beneath every layer of skin.”

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Ensemble collection 2010-2011 (autumn/winter)

Three summers ago I had the opportunity to go to the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art. I was on vacation in New York City and just happened to go to the museum the last day of the exhibit. I didn’t know who Alexander McQueen was before going and had no idea what to expect. After waiting in line for over four hours I finally walked inside and was amazed with what I saw. Every room displayed a different collection by McQueen and was decorated according to the theme of the collection. Different music played in each room. Each collection displayed a different message: from nature being beautiful yet unpredictable to his interpretation of the exotic dress in countries such as Japan and Africa. What inspired me most was McQueen’s endless capacity of creativity. It seemed as though his imagination had no limit and he was able to push the envelop with his designs and still deliver a powerful message. There was a lot of diversity among all collections, although most of them appeared to express a dark message. I think that Alexander McQueen is one of the most influential designers in fashion. I left the museum with a new perspective on fashion and was inspired to find something in life that I am as passionate of as he was.

link to the exhibit website

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