must own: savage beauty catalogue

It’s the last week of the “Savage Beauty” exhibit on Alexander McQueen at the Met, and I’m absolutely beside myself about missing it. For those of you in NYC, I really hope you’ve all been able to go…and don’t tell me how amazing it was, I’m already jealous enough.

For the rest of us, I’ve found a little something that’s much less expensive than a trip to Manhattan, but will still give you an indelible impression of the exhibit. For $45 (less if you’re a member), you can pick up the Met’s catalogue of the exhibit from their online gift shop, and it’s utterly beautiful. It’s an oversized, hardbound catalogue of such style and substance that it bears almost no resemblance to typical museum exhibit memorabilia. It’s brimming with images of nearly every look in the exhibit, as well as images of the rooms and displays, and commentary by the curator, Andrew Bolton. The cover, a hologram of McQueen’s face, imposed over a metallic skull, is a perfect reminder of the 3D Kate Moss hologram in the exhibit (see the Widows of Culloden video here for a closer look).

mcqueen must own: savage beauty catalogue

Stunning, isn’t it? If you’re at all interested in the history of fashion (as I obviously am), this is a tome you’ll want on your shelf. Moreover, I’m guessing the publisher won’t be reprinting this once the exhibit’s over, so it’s worth buying now while you can.

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2 comments on “must own: savage beauty catalogue

  1. adriana

    I hate to admit that I have not seen the exhibit…and I LIVE in NYC (studying fashion – does it get worse?). I did try to go last Saturday, but there was a 2 hour wait to see it and the museum was packed to the brim, so I decided to spend the day wandering Central park instead. After reading this, and realizing how many people have traveled to see the exhibit, I have to make another (stronger) effort to go before the end of the week. Thank you for the reminder :) These photos are amazing…are they from the catalogue?

  2. shoppingsmycardio Post author

    Adriana, you *must* go! I hear it’s open late for the last two days. I also hear the best way to see it is to buy a membership, as you get free tickets to the exhibit and can forego the line. Might be worth the expense!

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