Good thing I didn't log onto Gilt Groupe's sale earlier in the day yesterday, because I would have seen this Alexander McQueen leather corset. I know it sounds insane, but I might have actually thought about buying it.
My desire to purchase that corset has absolutely nothing to do with the reality of my life. First of all, I don't have $899 laying around to spend on couture. Secondly, I don't anticipate EVER getting invited to an event that would warrant wearing couture. And I think my friends would die of laughter if I showed up for an afterwork beer sporting that get up.
But that's just what McQueen does to me. It's the same reaction I have when I see a Helmut Newton print or anything else that is beautiful enough to blind you from the price tag. Simply, put: It's beautiful and I want it.
I remember seeing this piece on the runway of McQueen's Spring 2009 show and was immediately drawn to it. The chestnut leather was such a nice foil to the soft flowing silk that populated the collection and the lines were so interesting and dynamic. There were a few versions of the corset, one resembled a finely decorated saddle, another was as sleek as a handbag.
If yesterday had gone differently, and I had logged on when the sale started—after having won the lottery—I would definitely have bought that corset. Even if only to put it on a dress form, and admire it endlessly.
Maybe that's the real definition of art: Something that's seemingly useless, except for its extreme beauty.
(McQueen Corset photos from Gilt Groupe and Style.com)