Below is footage of Florence and the Machine’s, or as my mom says: Frances and the Mechanic’s, performance at the MET Gala. She only did three songs but Dog Days Are Over was by far the best. The start of the film is a bit shaky (she was running around everywhere!) but hopefully you can get a good glimpse of Florence Welch’s amazing McQueen caftan and her equally incredible voice.

I’m sorry to have been so MIA lately, but I’m back! For those of you who haven’t yet seen Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the MET, here is a video of the exhibit taken the night of the Gala. You will notice some of the pieces Andrew Bolton, Curator at The Costume Institute, highlighted in my interview with him; such as McQueen’s famous bumster trouser, Daphne Guinness’ donated pieces that belonged to Isabella Blow, and Shalom Harlow’s finale dress from McQueen’s No.13 show. I tried to get good footage that night but it is hard to tell Yoko Ono or Valentino to move out of the frame! Hope you can get a sense of how amazing the exhibition is. I still highly recommend you see it in person if you are in New York between now and August 7th. Enjoy!

So sorry for the delay with my MET coverage!! Here are some pics -and by some, I mean a bunch- from the night. I am still editing the footage but will have the exhibit to you this week. Has anyone gone yet?? If not, it’s a must for anyone in NYC!

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My sister and me. She’s wearing Alaia and I’m wearing vintage Mary McFadden (It was actually my mom’s wedding dress!)

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With Karlie

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Entrance

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Aimee Mullin’s McQueen look

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Shalom Harlow’s finale dress from the the Number 13 show

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A look from McQueen’s Spring/Summer 2005 chess collection entitled It’s Only a Game

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Gold bodysuit from Fall/Winter 2007

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Some looks from McQueen’s ultimate Fall/Winter 2010 collection

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A piece from McQueen’s Spring/Summer 2001 collection VOSS

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McQueen’s Razor Clam dress… Hi mom

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An ode to McQueen’s Scottish heritage

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The famous Kate Moss hologram from Fall/Winter 2006

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Kate Moss’ hologram dress

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Look’s from Spring/Summer 2010, Plato’s Atlantis

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With my sister, friend and jewelry designer Eddie Borgo, and his date for the night, model Arizona Muse

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Hi Phillip

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I wish you could see Marc’s kilt!

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Ok, so aside from the amazingness that was the entire McQueen exhibit/MET Gala, I must say that the highlight of the evening came at the end. Riccardo Tisci is one of my top three favorite living designers and I have never before had the pleasure of meeting him. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity of asking for a picture as we were exiting the MET. I had to squeeze onto my purse to prevent my hands from shaking… But it was well worth it. I don’t look too happy, do I??

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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!

The next two themes of the Alexander McQueen:Savage Beauty exhibition are called Romantic Exoticism and Romantic Primitivism. The former is an ode to McQueen’s Chinese cut and construction. It houses the heaviest look in the exhibition, his oyster shell dress, and also includes pieces from one of my favorite shows, his spring/summer 2005 collection entitled It’s Only a Game, where he simulated a game of chess with his 36 models. The featured collection of the Romantic Exoticism section is his spring/summer 2001 show dubbed VOSS.

The fifth theme of the exhibit is called Romantic Primitivism and explores McQueen’s love of Africa and nature. Although his clothes were works of art, his pieces were often handmade and comprised of natural materials. The featured collection in this portion of the exhibit is his spring/summer 2003 show entitled Irere, otherwise known has his Pirate Collection. In Irere he drew inspiration from a shipwreck and the various creatures one would associate with the sea. Enjoy!…

The third installment of my sit-down with Andrew Bolton spotlights the portion of the catalogue and exhibit entitled Romantic Nationalism. This theme, again, focuses on McQueen’s love of history, specifically his Scottish heritage and homeland of England. The 18th century-inspired dress Sarah Jessica Parker wore to the MET Gala 5 years ago as McQueen’s date has returned to the museum in this section as well as countless pieces from his Fall/Winter 2008 collection entitled The Girl Who Lived In The Tree. I can’t wait to see the Kate Moss hologram along side the runway version of the dress she wore and the featured collection, Highland Rape.

Below is part two of my sit down with Curator at The Costume Institute, Andrew Bolton. This second theme, entitled Romantic Gothic, in both the catalogue and exhibition focuses on how McQueen was continually inspired by the Romantic Movement of the 19th century as well as Dior’s New Look in the mid 20th century. The raven-esque dress that opens the second chapter of the exhibition was taken from his Fall/Winter 2009 show dubbed The Horn of Plenty which was my first ever Alexander McQueen show. I’ll never forget the monstrous red lips painted on the model’s faces, the Isabella Blow head pieces, or the final two dresses. The second to last was an ‘egg dress’ and the finale piece was the raven. It was as if the former hatched backstage and the raven took its first steps out on the runway… Quite the sight. Enjoy!

Two weeks ago in New York I was lucky enough to sit down with Andrew Bolton, Curator at The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Nancy Chilton, Advisor and Press Officer. Andrew took me through the unbelievable catalogue of the upcoming Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition, opening to the public on May 4th. The book, like the exhibit, is comprised of seven themes that highlight various aspects of McQueen’s revolutionary design and construction. The catalogue opens with a print from McQueen’s Spring 2009 collection, entitled Natural Selection, and an essay by Susannah Frankel, a London based journalist, who, as Andrew states, is dubbed McQueen’s unofficial biographer. All of the photographs inside are done by photographer Solve Suundsbo and almost every piece is accompanied with a McQueen quote, as if he is narrating. Andrew taught me so much about McQueen in the time we were together and shared such interesting details regarding the layout and design of the book.

A big thank you to The Costume Institute for putting out such a beautiful catalogue paying homage to the brilliant Alexander McQueen. Take a look below at Andrew sharing part one of the book, entitled The Romantic Mind, which corresponds to the first theme of the exhibition… I can’t wait to see all of the pieces in person come the MET Gala on May 2nd! More to come…