Anticipating long lines, given the heightened interest in the brand since Sarah Burton designed Kate Middleton's wedding gown, we fueled up with a big brunch at Sarabeth's on Madison and 92nd. In short: YUM! YUM! YUM!
I've had some great brunches since I've been living in the city, but this was one of the best because we decided to share plates and coordinate our order. So, we did not have to resolve the Great Brunch Debate of sweet vs. savory -- we had both!
We cleaned our plates and proceeded to the Met, where we found ourselves at the end of an interminable roped line that snaked through numerous galleries. Travis pulled out his membership card in jest.
"Um, hello!" he whispered to me in feigned indignation. "Isn't there a special line for members?"
Despite the efforts at crowd control, the exhibit was packed, but we both loved it. Upon entering, you see two incredible dresses, one made of red medical slides and feathers, the other made of razor clam shells stripped and varnished.
"For McQueen, the body was a site for contravention, where normalcy was questioned and the spectacle of marginality was embraced and celebrated."
The way the exhibit is laid out and thematically presented is quite brilliant and beautifully done. We especially enjoyed the section on sadomasochistic accessories, including this bizarre mouthpiece, which I dubbed "haute headgear."
The exhibit noted that McQueen's shows "elicited an uneasy pleasure that merged wonder and terror, incredulity and revulsion." That comment reminded me of the fact that I tend to love modern art because it incites a range of emotions -- something more complex and richer than just, "Oh, well, isn't that pretty/nice."
The exhibit was certainly geared more toward costuming than ordinary clothing. But it was provocative, and it made me reconsider our constructs of what's acceptable or appropriate to wear. For example, when I saw a coat made of long coils of black hair, I thought, "That's kind of disgusting." Funny enough, I've never had that reaction to seeing women draped in fur or suede.
One of the most unforgettable moments was seeing Kate Moss appear in a hologram wearing a ruffled organza "oyster" dress. It was the most ethereal thing I've ever witnessed, and you can see it here. The New York Times also has a great video interview about the exhibit.
We wandered through the 20th Century galleries, and then I suggested we check out "Arms and Armor" in case Travis needed a little testosterone to balance out the fashion overload. Such a fun day!