A Queen Within investigates how storytelling and symbols capture the imagination of innovative fashion designers. The exhibition artistically explores eight personality types of a Queen, or metaphorically a woman: The Sage, Magician, Enchantress, Explorer, Ruler, Mother Earth, Heroine and Thespian. Within every woman is a queen. She possesses the most idealized qualities of womanhood: strength, beauty, leadership, grace, authority, fear. There is no one more understanding of this than the fashion designer. They create clothing that portrays who we are and, more importantly, who we want to be.
A Queen Within features extremely rare pieces from the world’s largest private collection of Alexander McQueen, and the exquisite work of 25 European and Asian designers known around the world for their daring and remarkable work. The eight themes are based on interpretations of Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung’s most familiar archetypes. Jung’s archetypes are derived from observing recurring motives in the myths and fairy tales of world literature.
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