March Inspiration: NOMA's "A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes"


Alexander McQueen & Friends

An exhibit created to inspire, New Orleans Museum of Art's A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes, does exactly that. The first of its kind in New Orleans, A Queen Within, at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) showcases rare pieces from the world's largest private collections of the late and great Alexander McQueen. In good company, McQueen is surrounded by haute couture pieces of renown fashion designers, some including Comme des GarΓ§ons, Prada, Iris van Herpen, and Chanel. As if the exhibition of technologically forward, boundary crushing, daring designs on display were enough to grant a visit to the exhibit at NOMA, the exquisite gallery presentation brings life to the apparel in a way that is truly breathtaking. 


"A Queen Within: Adorned Archetypes...

explores the different archetypes of a queen--or metaphorically, of a woman--and how the mythic queen characteristics manifests through the storytelling of fashion. McQueen masterfully built narratives through his collections and runway shows. Inspired by his sensitivity to historical and literary research, this exhibition uses both fashion and its bold presentation to explore the seven archetypal queens: The Mother Earth, Magician, Sage, Enchantress, Explorer, Heroine, and Thespian." - Mel Buchanan, curator of Decorative Arts and Design

The Mother Earth Queen

The Mother Earth is an altruistic parent, protector, and mentor. She is the mystic, powerful life-giving force. She provides love to help others flourish. 

The Explorer Queen

The Explorer Queen is an independent-minded pioneer, adventurer, and rebel. She accepts challenges, breaks down barriers, and rejects authority, so that the human spirit can continue to be authentic and free. 

The Enchantress Queen

The Enchantress Queen embodies the femme fatal with her sexcual appeal, extreme passion, and mesmerizing wit. 

The Sage Queen

The Sage Queen is educated and wise, using her analytical knowledge to think deeply about the world. 

The Heroine Queen

The Heroine Queen is arranged in a metaphorical battle, like a game of chess, highlighting a brave warrior with a sense of morality and a willing readiness to fight for her cause. 

The Magician Queen

The Magician Queen is a visionary artist, one who emphasizes fashion's potential for creativity and visual experimentation with little regard for practical use.   

The Thespian Queen

Blessed with imagination, The Thespian Queen is an actress, entertainer, dramatist, or comedian. She loves to amuse others and enjoys the drama of life.