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Schiaparelli and Prada at the Met: A Baz Luhrmann joint

Schiaparelli and Prada at the Met: A Baz Luhrmann joint

For an exhibition, juxtaposing two designers working in different time periods to showcase their resemblances is no major feat. Especially when, on paper, the two designers happen to be independent women with a proclivity for expressing their opinions candidly. So when their opposing intentions, differing philosophies, and social obstacles garner similar results, something beyond a well-placed mannequin in a glorified diorama is needed to explain the uncanny results. Cue

Alexander McQueen's retrospective at the Met

Alexander McQueen's retrospective at the Met

On May 2nd the annual Met Ball will usher in “Savage Beauty,” the much-anticipated Alexander McQueen retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute. The show includes nearly two hundred pieces from his 19-year-long career. In preparation for the exhibition, Tim Blanks sat down with McQueen’s successor, Sarah Burton, who sheds her insight and insider knowledge on her long history with the dearly missed creative genius. McQueen was known as much for his innovative approach to the design and craftsmanship of his collections as he was for the spectacle of his runway shows. “He really loved the shows,” Burton says. “He used to say, ‘This is the last big one we’re doing,’ but he couldn’t help himself. [He] just didn’t like doing normal catwalk shows and so much was expected of him.”