8.11.2011

MCQUEEN


i've been thinking a lot lately about the alexander mcqueen exhibit at the met. i haven't been able to get it out of my head. we took an afternoon and walked across the park to see it when my mother was in town, and it was one of those exhibits that will stick with me forever. it managed to be frightening and lovely all at once. creepy and beautiful. surprisingly tender.

the exhibit is closed now, but when it was open it was hopping. when i saw it with my mom, our line snaked all the way through the grecian statues, and past the european paintings. we were packed in there tight in the exhibit space. on its final day open, the line went clear out the museum and onto the street.

i wanted to share photos, though i didn't actually take any while inside. so here are a few i found on garance's blog. don't you love that garance doré!!!!! :) (i'm maybe obsessed)

all photos via garance

(here's a photo of the line on closing weekend. crazy!)

13 comments :

  1. McQueen is so amazing and cooky with a side of awesome! Wish I had been there to see it.

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  2. Yes yes I live in Oregon and would have died to see it. But it was just so far away. I stumbled upon these photos a few days ago and was in love. It looks amazing. I'm jealous that you got to see it in real life!

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  3. it was so very moving. i saw it last month, the day before my 30th birthday actually. pretty emotional last day of my 20s. we're lucky to have experienced it!

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  4. Again...... NYC vs. Calgary Canada.

    There are no words.

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  5. i flew home from a trip to california just in time to see it on the last day and at that point there were two separate lines coming out of the museum, wrapping around the corners at opposite ends all the way into the park -- to say nothing of the line waiting for us on the inside!

    serves me right for living four blocks from the MET and waiting so long to see it. but it was worth it (and bonus! anna wintour & andrew boulton were both there as a last hurrah!). such a haunting and beautiful quality to his work and as you said, it's an exhibit with staying power, one you won't forget for many years to come.

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  6. totally jealous that you got to see that in person. i saw the pics a few days ago and was awestruck.

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  7. i always knew he was a great designer, but that show reinforced how truly innovative and imaginative he was, particularly when he put on a runway show.

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  8. I was also fortunate enough to visit this exhibit when I was visiting NYC. BEAUTIFUL! Very dark & twisted but incredible and brilliant. I have always been a fan of McQueen and the MET did not disappoint.
    Loved this post. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. my only wish for mcqueen was that i had managed to not be such a lazy bum and go see it the first week before it got totally insane. i just wanted to stare and stare at those dresses forever and there was too many people for me to feel like i could properly soak it all in. but of course, being mcqueen, it was still the best thing i've ever seen :)

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  10. this is why it's so awesome to live in NYC, which I do not, so I'm surmising...I loved the Garance pics too. Beautiful. Sublime, even.

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  11. Uggggh ugh ugh so... I was in NYC for a visit in time to see this, and planned our whole stay to see it, but somewhere in between my husband's 10 yr high school reunion and a trip to Canada, we ended up at the MET at 5:31... on a Tuesday, the day before we went home. FAIL. I don't want to talk about it.

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  12. completely agree with everything you said! the exhibit was beautifully curated, and even though it was totally not allowed, we snuck a photo or two. we couldn't help it!! if you're interested, we posted about the exhibit (and our line woes, ay yi yiiii) here: http://thelazytravelers.com/2011/08/02/mcqueen-at-the-met/

    and even though you must get this thousands of times a day, we assume you never get tired of hearing it: your baby is TOO CUTE!

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