Again, while the work speaks volumes for itself, the ambience created by the Met's curators amplifies the repertoire. Individual pieces, including a room full of (mostly) accessories from various collections, are grouped and displayed based on stylistic categories such as "Romantic Nationalism" and "Romantic Exoticism." Likewise, evocative music complements the theme of each room within the exhibit, which is a nice button and my favorite part of the exhibit other than the stunning garments.
Whether you're a fashion novice, a connoisseur, both, neither, or somewhere in between, if you appreciate art, don't miss Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty. The exhibit closes on August 7, 2011.
*In one of his quotes featured in the "Romantic Exoticism" section, McQueen mentions that the "animal skins ... were all by-products;" and I can't help hoping that he was always so conscientious when using animal materials.
Image Credit: Dress, Voss, Spring/Summer 2001, Alexander McQueen, c/o http://blog.metmuseum.org/alexandermcqueen/dress-voss-3/