Monday, June 27, 2011

Two Exhibits

I had about a day and a half in New York (thanks to SwingDaddy for holding down the fort at home!) on the way to Scandinavia and I made the most of every moment.

First up, the “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Wow, truly an artist. They didn’t allow photos, but in a way, that made me enjoy the moments more – I focused on each item, instead of how to capture it, and bought a copy of the exhibition book to haul home.

If you don’t know Alexander McQueen, you might be familiar with his “armadillo shoes” as worn in Lady Gaga’s music video for Bad Romance. His lead assistant designer (and head of the business, now that he is deceased), Sarah Burton, said something like this on the audio tour recording, “The armadillo shoe is actually a shoe within a shoe. It’s meant to look like a ballerina in toe shoes, but isn’t as extreme as it looks. They’re quite easy to walk in. Ok, well, they’re not terrible to walk in.”

You might know Sarah Burton as the designer of Kate Middleton’s wedding gown from her April wedding to Prince William. Another constant McQueen collaborator was Philip Treacy, who created 36 hats for the royal wedding, including Princess Beatrice’s interesting topper.

The second exhibit I saw was the Van Cleef and Arpel jewelry retrospective at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, NYC Smithsonian. Princess Grace’s tiara, Evita’s diamond necklace, favorites from Elizabeth Taylor and Jackie Kennedy - fun, glittery stuff!

The exhibit had a clever iPad app that you could browse through too.

Now I want to get all dressed up.


mayberry said...

So much fun. I'd love to see that McQueen exhibit. In fact, I've never been to the costume institute at all. Must rectify soon!

Bob said...

So much fun is right, we're all envious.