A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes at NOMA

Last year, when Mom and I visited the New Orleans Museum of Art for the Venice exhibit (and the Ferrari exhibition), I decided to go ahead and sign up for a membership to NOMA.  We tend to go a few times a year, and there are occasionally special events for members, so I figured it would be fun.

And I was right.

A few months ago, I got a press release from NOMA about their upcoming first-ever fashion exhibit, “A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes”.  Not only was I excited about this exhibition because it was focused on fashion, but they would also have some Alexander McQueen ensembles there on display.  My favorite couture designer is Alexander McQueen, and the opportunity to see his pieces in person was something I could not pass up.

I recieved an invitation from NOMA to view a preview of the collection the day before it opened to the public, and I knew this was a not-to-miss event.  So my mom and I went to the opening event last night!

About the exhibit:

Experimental gowns, headpieces, and jewelry by avant-garde fashion designers Alexander McQueen, Gucci, Gypsy Sport, and Iris van Herpen investigate symbols of womanhood and challenge conventional notions of beauty. More than 100 articles of daring fashion are presented in a dramatic gallery design that explores eight archetypal personality types.

I have never been so excited about an exhibition since the Ansel Adams exhibit at NOMA, or since seeing the Murakami exhibit while I was in Chicago last year.  And this exhibit did not disappoint.  I was under the impression that there were going to be just a few McQueen pieces – there was at least 20!  There was also works from designers like Chromat, Maison Martin Margiela, and Comme de Garcons.  All designers that I absolutely love!  Even the settings themselves are works of art in and of themselves.  A maze made of flowers, a box dripping with cherry blossoms, a chess-esque layout…the display was just as gorgeous.

Along with the exhibition, there’s a lot of events that I want to go to, such as film screenings, talks, and even a masquerade ball in May.  I know I’ll be revisiting this a lot while it’s at NOMA, especially since I have a membership!

If you’re in New Orleans while it’s here, and you’re into fashion and art, I highly suggest you visit.  It’s going to be here until May 28th, 2018.

Here are some pictures I took last night:

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