Long Live McQueen!

July 28, 2011

Photograph © Sølve Sundsbø / Art + Commerce

Alexander McQueen's "Oyster” Dress, spring/summer 2003. Photograph © Sølve Sundsbø / Art + Commerce

What does fashion have to do with Feng Shui you ask? Well I’m glad you asked! If you are not familiar with Alexander McQueen, he was a British fashion designer who unfortunately left us last year. It was a sad time for the fashion world because his work was not only dramatic and beautiful, but it was exactly what he envisioned fashion to be. He never compromised his vision even though his creations at times, even for my taste, were on the bleaker side. It wasn’t so much the what, but more the how and the why. So that gets me back to how fashion relates to Feng Shui. McQueen’s aesthetic may not be everyone’s cup of tea but what I admired most about him was his fierce individualism and tenacity in maintaining his laser-sharp vision and authentic self. And as we can probably imagine, this is not a small feat in the cut-throat world of ooh-la-la mode.

Can't wait to see these in person! Both photos: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

How many of us can say that we currently live our lives as authentically as we are capable? Without fear of judgement – by others or even by the little bugger voice in our own heads? What can you do today, to get closer to your authentic self? How can you allow it to express fully, even if it’s just for today?

That is why I am a fan of Alexander McQueen. His work reminds me to continually push past my limits to find my genuine self. That’s a strong intention. If you would like to be inspired by his work as well, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York currently has a show dedicated to him called “Savage Beauty”. It’s up until August 7th. Go see it or view it online and join me in remembering to honor who we really are.



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