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.
Hi Jill, this all looks amazing, those outfits are fabulous!
Just popping in to say hello as we’ll be co-hosting Gail’s ‘Tell us About…’ later in the month. Lovely to meet you!
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Thanks so much Deb for popping by, pleased to meet you too.
Oh, thank you so much for sharing these pics! I’m a huge fan – and am lucky enough to have found a pair of lifetime Alexander McQueen trousers several years ago (black and white checkered cuffed flares!). I spotted the matching blazer on Isabella Blow in the “McQueen” documentary from a few years back. You are so right about his tailoring skills.
Love your and your friend’s fantastic outfits!
You are most welcome Sheila. Your trousers sound just amazing, lucky you, sure you treasure them. The documentary sounds good too.
I absolutely love this exhibition! Alexander McQueen was a genius. Thanks for sharing these pics.
Thank you so much Kathrine , it was simply wonderful. Coudn’t agree more, he was indeed a genius.
Your are both perfectly fashionable for the exhibition!
Thank you so much Mirielle.
Thank you for sharing these fabulous photos of the Alexander McQueen exhibition, Jill. I’m sure it must have been even more spectacular in real life, but you certainly did a great job!
You and your friend Elizabeth are definitely suitably attired for the occasion! xxx
Thank you so much Ann ,I feel so priveldged to have seen the exhibition . It is always a challenge to capture it properly on camera.
Not that we need an excuse but it was an occassion to dress up for.
Gosh how gorgeous! I’ve always been in love with his plaid skirts!
Thank you so much Nancy , he was so very talented.
Wow, what an amazing exhibition – the clothes! Your photos are gorgeous. McQueen was a genius – RIP as so sad he is no longer with us. His tartan skirts are just the business.
It was quite spectacular Penny. He certainly was a genius , although a very troubled one.
How fabulous! I love exhibitions of designers and saw Mary Quant’s with Penny in London. Have also been to a Dior exhibition. Hope this one reaches London (though have sneaky feeling I may have missed it!).
I always enjoy a fashion exhibition and this one was quite spectacular. I too saw Dior when it was in Melbourne a few years ago.