Romantic Exoticism, Romantic Primitivism and Romantic Naturalism.
|McQueen & Sarah Jessica Parker
attend the Met Gala in 2006 both
wearing the McQueen tartan
“The reason I’m patriotic about Scotland is because I think it’s been dealt a really hard hand. It’s marketed the world over as …haggis, …bagpipes. But no one ever puts anything back into it.”
The provocative title of the earlier collection was a political and historical statement, and though it provoked accusations of misogyny, McQueen stated that the “rape” of the title was of Scotland by the English. Of Scottish descent, McQueen felt that “what the British did there was nothing short of genocide” and that Scottish history had been over-romanticized. He looked to the Jacobite risings for inspiration and the resulting collections were filled with his use of McQueen tartan, slashed leather, wild natural greens and billowing capes.
At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd St., NYC. Entrances at Fifth and 81 and Fifth and 82.
Buy tickets in advance here and avoid the long lines. On its last two days—Saturday and Sunday, August 6 and 7—the exhibition will remain open until midnight. After 9:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, visitors may enter the Museum through the 81st Street entrance only.