Last week, I got to experience the most stunning art exhibit I've ever seen: the Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, entitled "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty." Sure, his name was in the press when his house designed Kate Middleton's wedding dress and before that, when he committed suicide in early 2010. But I had absoutely no idea what a genius he was. His talent escaped the bounds of fashion tradition to create works of art that will last forever. He said he wanted to design clothes so people were in fear of the woman wearing them. Wow.
"You've got to know the rules to break them"The exhibit has broken all previous Met attendance records. I went at 8:30 on a Sunday morning with a museum member so we got in early for member's hours. It unfortunately closed yesterday but I hope they find some way of making it permanent, perhaps in McQueen's beloved Scotland. As the New York Times wrote, "Clothes become costumes, with sensuous, sumptuous lives of their own."