Alexander Mcqueen, ‘Fabulous’ FIDM, and the book

Those of you who follow me on Twitter will know that I went to the CSA hosted program on the FIDM Museum’s current exhibition, FABULOUS: Ten Years of FIDM Museum Acquisitions 2000-2010. During the lecture, our host and curator, Kevin Jones gave us some good behind-the-scenes dirt on the objects included in the exhibition and accompanying exhibition catalog (a veritable textbook on the last 200 years of fashion history, and well-worth the money).

Alexander McQueen Peacock dress, March 2008 Runway (Click for source)

Most interesting to me from his lecture, was the Alexander McQueen dress. The amazing craftsmanship of this dress was discussed. When the museum commissioned the dress it was to take 7 months (!) for the couture house to create it. In order to have the dress photographed for the exhibition catalog, the runway version was loaned to the museum for one day only. Thus, the dress included in the catalog is the same dress that appeared both on the 2008-09 runway and on Sarah Jessica Parker’s back in the Vogue shoot at the Met.

If you haven’t seen the exhibition yet, do so before it closes on December 17.

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