When Beth Gersh-Nesic, Contributing Writer for Modern Art, mentioned earlier this summer that she wanted to see Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, my first thought was, "Why?" Even though they are artists, we don't typically cover fashion designers. And then there's the fact that I know next-to-nothing about fashion, and haven't paid attention to what's "in" since around 1984. But Beth, thank goodness, assured me that this was Art and a must-see exhibition. As usual, she was correct on both counts.
Savage Beauty ended up being the 8th most highly-attended show in The Met's 141-year history, with 661,509 visitors. The crush during its final few days saw five-hour waiting lines, and some 23,000 new memberships were activated. And the show! Eye-popping creations that are, indeed, Art with a capital "A." Please give Beth's review "McQueen Madness at the Met" a read and know that you may still see video and information about the exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art website.
Alexander McQueen (British, 1969-2010)
Dress, Sarabande, spring/summer 2007
Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Photograph © Sølve Sundsbø / Art + Commerce