Thursday, August 18, 2011

Savage Beauty!

alexander mcqueen
“It is important to look at death because it is a part of life. It is a sad thing, melancholy but romantic at the same time. It is the end of a cycle—everything has to end. The cycle of life is positive because it gives room for new things.”
-made of black duck feathers


When I was younger I didn't know which direction my adult life would take me but one thing I was very clear about…it would be somewhere creative…
With the little exposure that I had while growing up in a hostel, I didn't know that art actually had any avenues…. I didn't want to be a penniless painter or a signboard artist because thats what I thought artists eventually became…
So the only thing I knew while growing up that involved sketching was to be a fashion designer….
and I soaked in as much as I could about them through smuggled in books and magazines and I sketched and I sketched and I dreamed….
I knew all the designers of that time (Indian and international)-thier individual styles and inspirations,muses and even their scandals by heart….
I recognized most of the models-what were their best ads and their drawbacks…
In other words, I was obsessed.
Its another matter that i eventually got my calling as an animator and a children's book artist but fashion still fascinates me…
So I live the glitz and the glamour and the colours and the textures through the fashion illustrations that I do…
and though I cant hope to be in sync with what is hot and the latest in the fashion circuit now-but there have been a few designers who have fascinated me…
heck, fascinated the whole world…and the name that is predominant is of Alexander McQueen!!
I loved his sense of daring and the element of shock that most of his designs had....
the drama and the theatrics had nobody to equal it!!
He didn't play it safe, he was flamboyant and amazing but behind all that "in your face" attitude he had incredible solid sense and skills of execution…
All his designs were worth a second…third…fourth look!!
His passing away is a loss that cannot be defined and many a page has been written about it…. I cant hope to compare.. just that...may his soul rest in peace!
So I was naturally ecstatic when I came to New York and learnt that the Metropolitan Museum of Art was showcasing Alexander McQueen's Savage Beauty…
It was a huge success-much more than they had imagined or hoped and an example of the record setting attendance was that since it opened in May 2011, the museum has extended its hours to midnight at least thrice!!
They have had a footfall of around 661,509 which has placed this exhibition in their Top 10 list of most popular shows that they have had in their 141 year history!!!
And this was when the waiting period for entering the hall for the Savage Beauty was anywhere between 3 to 5 hours!
Sadly it closed last week but I am hoping that it might come back again before my two year stint in New York ends….:-)
like I said-seeing it once is not enough!
here are a few of my versions of the Alexander Mcqeen classics...some that I just couldn't resist drawing...
there are a lot more sketches that are half complete which I promise I will put up once they are done.





This corset was inspired by the coiled necklaces of the Ndebele people of southern Africa. "Its a beautiful piece in my mind because it looks quite like armor, but then it’s very flattering to the female form, and it’s a really beautiful silhouette of the female form"-Lee Mcqueen.





2 comments:

  1. am not very knowledgeable about fashion Maryam but love your illustrations and your heartfelt homage to someone who has inspired u!

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