Monday, January 9, 2012

here are a few of my fay-vor-it things

Mystique or McQueen?
brace yourself because extreme couture has penetrated the fog of dementia and lifted me from the ooze of my existence on a chopstick of brilliance so that for a brief moment i saw the interconnectedness of the human experience, the insatiable hunger for beauty and horror.
damn, that's epic BS.
but by happy accident of ricocheting synapses, i did remember something that happened more than 36 hours ago. my very favorite ensemble from Mystique brought to mind the incomparable (read: a little bit scary) Savage Beauty exhibit of Alexander McQueen's tortured genius at the Met. ropolitan Museum of Art. in New York City. because i went there.
here's what McQueen had to say about his process: “When we put the antlers on the model and then draped over it the lace embroidery that we had made, we had to poke them through a £2,000 piece of work. But then it worked because it looks like she’s rammed the piece of lace with her antlers. There’s always spontaneity. You’ve got to allow for that in my shows.”
that probably went over pretty big with the woman who spent her youth making the lace.
here are some other spontaneous mcqueen moments that showed up in some form at the Mystique show.
"The skirt is made out of hundreds and hundreds of circles of organza. Then, with a pen, what Lee did was he drew organic lines. And then all these circles were cut, joined together, and then applied in these lines along the skirt. So you created this organic, oyster-like effect." cool but not very spontaneous.
"[In this collection] she was a feral creature living in the tree. When she decided to descend to earth, she transformed into a princess.” --Alexander McQueen me
i really do love this over-the-top stuff. i said that.

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