May at the Met, with “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty”

After two weeks of cool, rainy weather, we are finally experiencing bright sunshine and warm temperatures in New York City. And with that change in the weather comes a palpable energy. New Yorkers don sandals and sunglasses, and we get the first glimpses of what will soon be considered summer fashion “must haves.”

Speaking of fashion, visitors to New York should not miss the exhibit now running at the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty. This is an absolutely startling retrospective of the life and work of the late fashion designer, Alexander McQueen. The nearly 200 pieces — clothing and accessories — that are displayed in an intensely theatrical setting may evoke complex and contradictory reactions. You may find McQueen’s work exquisitely beautiful, disturbingly sinister, romantic, naturalistic, sexy, unflattering, richly textured, technically brilliant, or all of the above. But however you respond, I guarantee that you will be challenged and moved by the experience.

You can learn more about the show at the Museum website, but remember that the photos are not substitutes for the real thing. The exhibit runs until August 7th.

Note: The exhibit is very crowded, no doubt because of the recent Royal Wedding, for which McQueen designer Sarah Burton designed Kate Middleton’s gown. To bypass the queue of Kate and Wills fans, consider buying your tickets in advance, online, or becoming a member of the Met. Your membership not only gets you right into all exhibits, it gives you a discount at the Museum’s dining venues and at one of the greatest museum gift shops in the world. (Don’t miss the jewelry.) And remember, The Cloisters is part of the Met, so your membership will cover a visit there as well.

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