Savage Beauty: Both Alluring and Disturbing

I remember back when Lady Gaga first came into the limelight. She was weird, that was the only word people tended to associate with her. Her crazy outfits that seemed out of this world, no one necessarily called them pretty, once again it was always weird.

Some of her most famous outfits came from from none other than the renowned fashion designer Alexander McQueen. The London born and based designer  was a high school dropout. However after working on Savile Road and at a theater, he got his M.A. in fashion design from Central Saint Martin’s college of Art & Design.  McQueen would later go on to work as Chief Designer at Givenchy and afterwards worked out of his own private company.

His work is certainly unlike any others. His use of texture, fabrics, and the way he manipulated these along with his ideas resulted in magnificent pieces that broke the laws of what is considered acceptable. Even if you don’t like his work one can certainly tell that it is well done and the creativity behind it is one of  a kind. I am always awestruck by his pieces, I myself don’t love everything he has done, but I can still admire it. Something about his work, just makes me feel uncomfortable because it can be so odd to the point of being disturbing.  You would assume this would make me run way, but it genuinely interest me. When we describe  a piece of clothing as being inappropriate or even disturbing we usually are talking about what the clothing is revealing or what the clothing represents. However in McQueen’s case he can have a model covered from head to toes and still give the same feelings. I’m pretty sure this isn’t his intention, it’s just the way I interpreted it.

Even after McQueen’s tragic death in 2010, audiences can still experience his work through the opening of Savage Beauty. an exhibition that was first presented at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibit was so popular that it presented a record attendance. The show depicts pieces from his 1992 graduate collection to his last one presented after his death.  The show is divided into 10 sections, each representing his uncanny way of moving beyond the fabric to express themes revolving around politics, culture, and identity   On March 14th the exhibit was once again open again in the Victoria’s and Albert museum in London and it will continue until August 2nd.

I wish that would be able to see what is said to be an amazing show, but I’m poor.



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