Sunday, May 1, 2011

McQueen on My Mind

Alexander McQueen, Spring/Summer 2007. Silk dress embroidered with silk and fresh roses, hydrangeas, and peonies. Photo by Getty Images.

Between the wedding gown worn Friday by the new Duchess of Cambridge, which was designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, and the Costume Institute's upcoming exhibit Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, the late British designer is very much on my mind.

The press preview for the exhibit is tomorrow at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, which I will attend, and the Met Gala is tomorrow night, which, unfortunately, I won't. One of the dresses I am most looking forward to seeing in person is this floral stunner from Spring/Summer 2007. In the May 2011 issue of Vogue, this dress is one of six of McQueen's featured in the article "Alexander the Great" with commentary from Sarah Burton. Of this piece she says, "This dress had fresh flowers on it. We put them on just before she went out, and they started to fall off one by one as she walked. I remember people saying Lee timed it. We had a laugh about that. It was an accident!"

This picture comes from the book Alexander McQueen: Genius of a Generation by fellow fashion blogger Kristin Knox. Her blog is The Clothes Whisperer and I highly recommend it.

10 comments:

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

That one certainly is a beauty and I'm soooo jealous that you get to go to the exhibition. Please take some lovely pix for us!!! I think people got so used to pulling such incredible sartorial delights out of the bag on the catwalk, that yes, they would think the flowers falling off were inspired, not chance! I just finished reading **slobbering over** the book you have in your reading list. Incredible seeing the directions of annual collections. xo

sacramento said...

What a fabulous present to wake up to, my dear Jill. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I have never seen a prettier dress everrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.
Much love, my dear friend.
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Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

My eye went right to the butterful hat...is that not too cool?? I am like you I also wanted to look at some more of McQueen after the wedding, but I have not had the time, thank you for doing this for us!!

fashionoverfifty said...

You can be our eyes! Please post more pics--thanks!

jill815 said...

Hi Pull Your Socks Up! So you read Kristin's book too? I just discovered it and her and I really like her blog. I wish you were here so we could go the McQueen exhibit together, I'm already ready for a second look.

jill815 said...

Hi Sacramento, I loved that flower dress too, it is so amazing. It looks a little crispier in real life, more dried flowers than fresh, but still amazing.

jill815 said...

Hi Pam, I saw that butterfly hat in a magazine a few years ago and cut the picture out to put on my own little inspiration board. I've always loved that thing, it's so romantic and joyful and wild.

jill815 said...

Hi Paula, any chance you are coming to NYC this summer so we can see this exhibit together? We could have some champagne afterwards!

Veshoevius said...

This was such an incredible dress and I didn't realise until I read this that those were fresh flowers!!

jill815 said...

Hi Veshoevius, can you imagine fresh flowers on a dress? Love it! I wonder if it had a floral scent as the model walked the runway, that would've taken this dress to the absolute beyond.