5th for McQueen

Honoring Lee Alexander McQueen on Fifth Avenue

4 29 2011

Alexander McQueen, Black Duck Feathers Fall 2009

Alexander McQueen, The Horn of Plenty AW 2009-10
Photograph © Sølve Sundsbø / Art + Commerce courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art

He always had to think of a story first, and after he had the story and the vision of the show clear in his head, the collection would come…quick and fast!

- Sarah Burton, Creative Director for Alexander McQueen

It’s the story that always bewitched us.  The overwhelming emotion threaded through artistry… the poetic magic that Alexander McQueen cast upon his collections, transporting us to faraway fantasy worlds — from Plato’s Atlantis to a life-sized chessboard — we joined him in his 600-year-old elm tree and stalked his family history back to the Salem witch hunts as well as his Scottish family roots.  He always knew how to shock and delight us.  Dreams were cast in these extremes; and savage beauty was discovered in his gilded parade of new silhouettes, innovation and fearlessness.  ”With someone like Lee,” said Sarah Burton during an interview with Bergdorf Goodman editor Glenn O’Brien and the Costume Institute’s Andrew Bolton, “everything is guts, everything comes from him inside.  It was completely personal, how he was feeling at the time, what things he loved or hated.  It’s very autobiographical.”

Alexander McQueen, Spring 2005 Alexander McQueen Spring 2010 Alexander McQueen, Spring 2007

Images courtesy Alexander McQueen

This week we join the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to honor the extraordinary career of Alexander McQueen.  Complementing the museum’s retrospective, our Fifth Avenue windows feature the House of McQueen’s archival looks amid a theatrical world that intends to match the spirit of a designer who dazzled us with intrigue and playfulness.  Every nuance and every touch is an salute to a designer who startled the fashion world with his post-graduate collection in 1992.  Each look was fiercely studied — from the story that McQueen originally wove to the tips of the model’s fingernails. There are the slithering snakes of Plato’s Atlantis, feathered Cirque creatures and a Sarabande homage cast in hand-dripped molten wax.  There are sugary frothy dresses in pale pinks and grays.  A mirrored room with stacked screens becomes an tribute to the designer’s final show, Plato’s Atlantis.  ”Since I can remember,” said artist Douglas Little (while cautiously dripping hot wax onto an oversized antler in one of our Fifth Avenue windows), “Alexander McQueen has been a huge source of inspiration.  He really helped pioneer this macabre aesthetic that so many of us now embrace.”  And it this sense of refined chaos that we hope to channel and honor in our Fifth Avenue Windows. Hope to see you soon.

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty will run through the end of July
For more details, visit MetMuseum.org


COMING SOON:
Sarah Burton
Andrew Bolton
Conversations with Sarah Burton and Andrew Bolton
Bergdorf Goodman Magazine
June 2011

Sarah Burton Photo: David Burton
Andrew Bolton Photo: Karin Willis
Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art


Now available on Seven:
Now Available: Alexander McQueen by Andrew Bolton, Solve Sundsbo & Tim Blanks Alexander McQueen by Andrew Bolton, Sølve Sundsbø and Tim Blanks
212 872  2758

Join David Hoey and our visual team behind the scenes as they create our Alexander McQueen Windows


Join the House of Alexander McQueen backstage for their Fall 2011 Show:

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