My experience (multiple, actually) at the Met for Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, the exhibit presented by the Costume Institute is honestly a bit difficult to describe via blog. To say it was beautifully and meticulously curated is a disgusting understatement that does not do justice to any of those involved. Andrew Bolton, the British curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, paired with curator Harold Koda to produce this chilling and moving exhibit. They did such an overwhelmingly thorough job that was so true to McQueen that I can hardly describe it, which is why I feel compelled to share many, many pictures (that I did not take myself) for those who have not seen it and those who, (like me) have and just cannot get enough, as bittersweet as the experience was.
It seems as though, only now, is McQueen getting the true recognition that he has deserved for the past 19 years. Is this because his most amazing pieces were rarely ever available for sale in stores? Or is it because death automatically raises even hugely noteworthy people from relative unknowns to stars? While I think the exhibit is a wonderful way to bring attention to McQueen's work (and hopefully bolster PPR's confidence in the brand to keep it going), I am quite saddened that it is a bit too little too late. However, to say "too little" is largely inaccurate as the exhibit has seen huge success and huge lines, which have lead the Met to extend the duration of the exhibit.
The Costume Institute's meticulousness in creating an experience with the exhibit is demonstrated in its outsourcing to bring in some of the key individuals that helped McQueen through the years. Curators Bolton and Koda hired John Gosling, McQueen’s longtime music supervisor, to choose the music for the exhibit and Sam Gainsbury and Joseph Bennett, who helped produce so many of McQueen's theatrical runway shows, as creative consultants. They truly created the dark side of the romantic movement that A. McQ. is so loved for.