Mary Lyn Maiscott

Savage Beauty

In honor of the opening this weekend of "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty" at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, I've put my song "Alexander/Isabella" on YouTube. I read that some of McQueen's pieces that were too fragile to travel to the original "Savage Beauty" at the Metropolitan Museum will now be on display. It would be great to hop a plane to London! However, I also saw what were billed as rarely seen McQueen designs (from a private collection) at a rather strange but fascinating exhibit in St. Louis about a year ago: "A Queen Within," at the World Chess Hall of Fame. The works included a black cocktail dress imprinted with an image of Isabella Blow's face.