Alexander McQueen: Romantic Naturalism and The Cabinet of Curiosities

Before I post footage of the actual Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition taken at Monday’s MET Gala, I thought I’d finish sharing my interview with Andrew Bolton. The videos below take you through the final two themes of the exhibit. The first, entitled Romantic Naturalism, showcases McQueen’s love for nature and the countless ways he drew inspiration from animals, such as birds, and raw materials, such as flowers. The featured collection in this theme was appropriately McQueen’s final show before his passing. He was a firm believer in the life cycle and his spring/summer 2010 collection, called Plato’s Atlantis, was inspired by Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species and was a glimpse into McQueen’s view on evolution. The show began with amazing, one of a kind animal prints, representing how man began on land, and the final look, known as his jellyfish ensemble, was McQueen’s way of saying that one day we will all end up under the sea.

The final theme in the book is called The Cabinet of Curiosities which pays homage to all of the incredible collaborations McQueen had throughout his career. There are some amazing things by milliner Philip Treacy and a spiral corset by Shaun Leane that is one of my favorite pieces in the exhibit. This section also showcases the famous wooden legs McQueen made for Paralympic Aimee Mullins. The final featured collection is McQueen’s spring 1999 show called Number 13, where for the finale, model Shalom Harlow was on a turn table getting sprayed by lime green and black paint. One of the most legendary McQueen Finales there is. This concludes my interview with Andrew, a big thanks to him again for giving such a great preview to the most beautiful Costume Institute exhibit to date!

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