Burn These Bones

epic fail

Posted in review by burnthesebones on 05/05/2009

Breaking self-imposed blog ban to clear my head a bit.

I’m still fuming over Alaia’s glaring ommission from the Costume Institute’s Model As Muse exhibit, considering that Alaia’s working history practically defined that special relationship between designer and model. His pieces should have been presented up front and center. Here we see the politics of dueling continental curatorial sensibilities in action. I’m really surprised that someone as respected and sensitive as Harold Koda would provide such a weak response about this. Once again, Anna Wintour’s commercial interests and stagnant, decidedly pedestrian taste dictates the agenda, lauding the likes of Justin Timberlake/ William Rast instead. Maybe this is just bitterness speaking as I won’t get a chance to examine Alaia’s works up close now!

Now, back to work…40 pages to write by next week then I’m free!

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  1. diana said, on 05/05/2009 at 6:25 PM

    also, i can’t believe that random d-list celebs were invited to the gala while alaia got snubbed.

  2. Allie said, on 05/05/2009 at 7:20 PM

    WHAT?! That’s maddening! I can’t believe the crap that got a mention and the legend that got completely ignored. Sad.

    -Allie!
    missmaterialist.blogspot.com

  3. natasha said, on 05/06/2009 at 9:49 AM

    I LOVE THIS POST!! YOU ARE SO SPOT ON
    i cant belive this justin timberlake bologna- what a joke

  4. ella said, on 05/06/2009 at 11:50 AM

    well put. i simply don’t think fashion is for everyone.

  5. brainz said, on 05/07/2009 at 8:09 PM

    That is So extremely sad and eternally confusing.

    Wintour is an American after all, or rather she is catering to American secular public and the post Kanitian natural beauty crowd. In short, it’s a loose loose, especially as far as quality goes.

    I picked up the W Accessories today again and was sort of shocked at the mcqueen clutch photo because it had crappy stitching on the side. am I the only one who is offended by this? Please let me know. I’m sort of dying for kindred soul.

  6. luxirare said, on 05/08/2009 at 8:41 PM

    I was shocked too. Wintour is losing it anyhow. Alaia is like the modern day Cristobal Balenciaga, master of pristine construction. He’s also obsessed with perfecting his craft, instead of putting out work controlled by constant trends and reinvention.

    What would I do without the brutal, scathing honesty of Cathy Horyn?


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