Hello everyone . As promised last week I have finally edited the photos I took at the McQueen exhibition in Melbourne in mid December. As is usually the case the photos don’t really do justice to this simply outstanding exhibition.
The exhibition shows a variety of garments and accessories from the collections of the National Gallery of Victoria and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The garments are shown alongside more than eighty artworks including paintings, sculptures, textiles, prints, photography and decorative arts that illuminate the many influences that were included in his work.
I had never seen any McQueen in real life and was blown away with exquisite details on every one , as well as his superb tailoring skills , learnt during an apprenticeship at a London tailor at the age of 16.
While viewing the collection I had a conversation with a couple of older ladies who were greatly admiring the clothes and commented on their surprise as to how feminine the garments were .
Through out his career ( sadly ending too soon) McQueens collections combined autobiographical references with challenging silhouettes and ideas. His work tackled history , politics , religion, philosophy, violences and enviromental destruction. ( taken from the NGV site).
This was one of my favourites , the fabric was simply beautiful . Doesn’t it remind you of something worn long ago.
References to his Scottish heritage were often evident in his work . As a lover of tartan I would wear these in a flash.
He was also intrigued with birds and they featured heavily in the 1995 runway show, “The Birds”.
Since viewing the exhibition I have been reading a biography of Lee McQueen written after his death . An insight into his life and troubles , as well as his thought processes on his creativity is given through interviews with friends, family and many who worked along side him. He certainly was an extremely clever and creative genius who struggled with his own demons.
My friend Elizabeth (from Brisbane) wearing a tartan outfit that she cleverly made and I (wearing my bread and butter tulle skirt and coral jacket) outside the exhibition.
I hope you have enjoyed a peek at the exhibition , highly recommended for any Aussie readers.
Joining Gail for Wow on Wednesday and Nancy for Fancy Friday.