As far as the exhibit itself goes, the pieces were divided and displayed according to the most prevalent themes in McQueen's work- Romantic Gothic, Romantic Nationalism, Romantic Exoticism, Romantic Primitivism, and Romantic Naturalism. Overall, I'd say there was an other-worldly quality to it...not sweet enough to be a dream or dark enough to be a nightmare but somewhere smack dab in the middle of the two. I've honestly never seen anything like it. As you can imagine, pictures do it no justice whatsoever but it'll at least show you a glimpse.
Check out a few of the pieces that took my breath away in particular:
The legendary spray paint dress. Very chic on it's own...cooler still when you see how it was made.
Red and black dyed ostrich feather dress featuring bodice made of glass medical slides painted red. Made to represent how “there’s blood beneath every layer of skin.”
Sarabande floral dress, inspired by Handel's triple metre dance and made of nude silk organza embroidered with real and fresh flowers.
Scanners Sequined dress, made to reference traditional construction techniques used by the Japanese in their warrior outfits.
Shipwreck dress, made of hundreds of layers of silk organza. Three skilled workers labored over this dress for three months. Amazing.