Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Fashion Week 2011, Featuring petite models on my blog

Hey Girls,

F height requirements to rock it! Celebrate your size and individual style every day. Show me your short and stylish petite runway look. Take it outside, in your livingroom, on your own petite runway! I'll post it on my blog during Fashion Week. Email Jpegs to petitepride@yahoo.com (previous submissions will be considered)  Go itty bitty go! Let's hear it for the pint-size! Bring it and your short stuff! Just because you might not be rockin a runway during Fashion Week doesn't mean you can't model or find opportunities. I love fashion but I know as a shorter girl the fashion world doesn't support the shorter chicks often, but fashion and being a tall giraffe isn't everything, so don't limit yourself by dwelling on the doors that are shut, focus on opening your own door! :)

Here, we celebrate all sizes!

Click here to check out Model Life mobile and my other books.


Monday, August 29, 2011

behind the scenes of modeling castings and how to take it upon yourself to be not an airhead model.

Hey Girls,

Some thing they don't tell you about working as a model is that you really are your own manager ( even when you work with agencies), and when it comes to castings it can involve going with your gut, being perceptive and prepared, remember often modeling castings involve walking into a room full of strangers (editors, marketing professionals) to present yourself professionally.

So here is some insight from the behind the scenes of modeling castings and how to take it upon yourself to be not an airhead model.

Sometimes your agency gives you all the details of the casting, the who, the what, the when, when the shoot date is, the rate, the usage, the whole deal....but sometimes they don't fill you in with all the details.

Not that I like it, but simply the agency might not know, the client hasn't told them, but make sure you always ask the agency if possible before the casting the details, know what you are walking into, confirm the location of the casting (I have been emailed at the last minute with a different location from my agency or a typo), always research the brand the casting is for, the photographer, casting studio if possible before the casting.

(And if you are booked for the job make sure you know about about the usage of the images, the rate, confirm the time and day of the shoot.

Casting are often last minute and being available is often how you book work as a model, and you have that day to prepare or a day or so. 

But try not to walk into the casting acting like an airhead. So many times I have been at castings or go-sees and the other models there have no idea what the casting is for, it's like they are  just showing up and have no clue to what they are showing up for???

I don't know until I show up at the casting what the casting will involve, how long it will take can depend on how many girls have shown up or how many that are being seen...it could be you and just a few others or you and many others. Sometimes it could be fast 5 minutes or 30 mins or more of waiting.

If the casting is somewhere I am not familar with, example: Long Island City. I had a casting there for leg modeling and ended up in some warehouse area, I called my agency making sure this was the right place, and it was the right spot, it was the right studio, and I did book the job and it did pay well. But I was nervous for a minute there in the street beforehand like: Where the F am I? And you do always have to be careful, let people know where you are going, boyfriend, husband, family, friends and call your agency right away if it seems weird.

Always-if it isn't clear ASK!

And also there is the basic know-how of being a model and understanding what certain castings involve.
Ex: if the casting is for shoes...make sure your pedicure is fresh. Overtime it becomes common sense.
However, if the details of what to wear, how to do your make up, what to bring are not clear, ask!

I hope this is helpful.

In my book Short Stuff I included modeling tips for short chicks, which I think you'll like as well. :)


this itty bitty is off prancing around the city

On the mobile edition of Model Life you can click and zoom and it's so awesome.

Hey Girls......this itty bitty is off prancing around the city :) off buying organizational items and excited to start my little boutique library soon in my new place, btw if you haven't downloaded the iVerse app on your iPhone or iPad, hook it up! Download the iVerse app and get a free excerpt of Model Life: The Journey of a Pint-Size Fashion Warrior, my graphic novel. On the iVerse app search Model Life or Gamine Press. Rock on and let me know what you think!

I'll be back with more posts soon answering some reader questions about modeling!


Posts like this: http://www.petitemodelingtips.com/2011/08/model-life-is-on-iverse-comics-app-free.html
Post like this: Short Stuff: on the job with an x-small model is an ebook!
Posts like this: Almost 5'4

Sunday, August 28, 2011

From Isobella Jade, I hope you rode out Hurricane Irene okay

Hey Girls,

Despite if you escaped hurricane Irene, I hope that no matter where you were that you are okay. I moved Friday from Battery Park to Midtown East Friday and have spent the weekend unpacking, and waiting on Irene. To be safe, we put tape up on our windows incase the wind flung BBQ pits from other near by balconies. Although we were spared from the major floods here in my new area of the city, NYC wasn't totally spared.  Areas def got a hit, and Queens, Staten Island, Brooklyn got a smack from Irene! 

And the NYPOST is right, it does look like a ghost town here in Manhattan. Waiting to hear about the trains/transit.

I hope you and your families, friends and homes are okay,


Some stories and pics on the flooding in NYC area:





Thursday, August 25, 2011

Go check it out! My graphic novel Model Life: The Journey of a Pint-Size Fashion Warrior is on the iVerse app and it looks great!

Here we go now! We are rolling! hallelujah!!

Go check it out! My graphic novel Model Life: The Journey of a Pint-Size Fashion Warrior is on the iVerse app and it looks great! So download their Comics + app and check out a free excerpt of Model Life, YAY!  Cheers to Jazmin Ruotolo and her illustrations, which rock!

It's awesome!!

Search Gamine Press or Model Life on the iVerse Comics + app and enjoy a free excerpt of MODEL LIFE too!

I hope your enjoy reading the mobile edition, it is super fun!


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Photography highlight: The camera that photographed the earth 45 years ago

The Lunar Orbiter's onboard camera contained dual lenses that took photos simultaneously. One lens took wide-angle images of the moon at medium resolution. A second telephoto lens took high-resolution images in greater detail.CREDIT: George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film

A little awesome history lesson!

Late at night when I can't sleep, like at 2 a.m I admire the moon if it's out and I can see it, or I read in bed on my iPhone. This is a cool article from Space.com I read last night, on the first photographs of the earth from space, taken 45 years ago.  What I like about this article is that it touches upon the camera used to photograph the earth and it's really awesome to think about how these images gave us the real perspective of our amazing planet.


"You're looking at your home from this really foreign kind of desolate landscape," said Jay Friedlander, who started his NASA career 20 years ago as a photographic technician working on images including those from the Lunar Orbiter at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. "It's the first time you're actually looking at Earth as a different kind of place," said Friedlander, currently a multimedia specialist at Goddard."

Try to put on your to-do list to visit the International museum of photography and film.
900 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607

Enjoy the article on early space photography,


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tomorrow Part 2 of my Self-Publishing and Self-Promotion tips podcast!

Hey Girls,  Remember Almost 5'4" is $3.99 as an ebook!

Tomorrow, Wed, Aug 24, 2011 4:00 PM EST I am sharing more self-publishing and self-promotion tips for pitching the press and how the little guy (or girl) can get ahead!

The segment will is planned to be 30 minutes or under.

Here is the link to listen to this segment, it is also on iTunes. Also on you can find my books Almost 5'4" and Short Stuff in the iBookstore too as ebooks! ~Isobella


The scoop of the segment:
Petite model, author and self-promotion expert Isobella Jade shares Part 2 of her daily PR tricks for self-promotion and pitching the press, how to use social media and Google to be discovered by the media and how to stay inspired along the journey of being your own publicist. Jade has built her own PR platform from scratch and through her own self-promotion Jade and her books have been featured in The New York Times, The New York Post, The New York Daily News, Publishers Weekly, The Los Angeles Times, Mac World, Mac Life, Ad Age, WSJ, Media Bistro, Sirius XM Radio, Glamour, Marie Claire UK, and many others. Jade is the author of Almost 5'4", which she wrote at the Apple store originally, a graphic novel Model Life: The Journey of a Pint-Size Fashion Warrior (which is also a mobile comic through iVerse), Short Stuff: on the job with an x-small model, which features stories from her real modeling adventures and modeling tips for short chicks. She blogs at www.petitemodelingtips.com daily. This is segment 2 of an ongoing podcast series on self-promotion and self-publishing tips by Isobella Jade.
Listen to all segments here:
Read excerpts of Almost 5'4", Short Stuff and Model Life here: http://www.isobelladreams.com/ReadanexcerptfromIsobellasbooks.html

Illustration from the graphic novel Model Life.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

It's here! My graphic novel Model Life has entered the mobile space!

MODEL LIFE: The Journey of a Pint-Size Fashion Warrior!

Hey Guess what!   Holy moly!

I am so excited to share with you that my graphic novel MODEL LIFE: The Journey of a Pint-Size Fashion Warrior has entered the mobile space!! I hooked up with iVerse and it looks so awesome! And you get a free excerpt!

MODEL LIFE is based on my real modeling adventures in NYC and is illustrated by Jazmin Ruotolo.

The electronic edition is published by my small publishing company Gamine Press over at iVerse comics and after downloading their Comics + app, you can then download Model Life, just scroll down the new releases and you'll see it!
In the app store just search Model Life and iVerse comics will come up, easy. Download it and you're in!

Look for Gamine Press in new releases.
Model Life #1 
Model Life #2
Model Life #3
Model Life #4

I know you will love the awesome layout for the mobile edition!



If you hold the iPhone in the standard way the full page appears but if you turn the phone sideways, and read Model Life panel by panel, which is really cool and fun!

Turn your device for a more detailed look of Model Life!

Check out more details on Model Life and my other books on my website www.isobelladreams.com

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Had a great shoot and tune in at 4 pm for podcast on self-promotion and self-publishing

Hey Girls,

Had a great beauty and health photo shoot today for my portfolio, I'll share more details about the shoot later in another post, lots of variety for health and beauty shots will share some favs w you soon :)

Also tune in at 4 PM EST today for my podcast on self-promotion and self-publishing tips:


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Tomorrow a podcast segment on Self-Publishing and Self-Promotion and pitching the press

Hey Girls,

Tomorrow I'm hosting a segment on Self-Publishing and Self-Promotion on my podcast, tune in here for tips on how to be your own publicist and ways to build a PR platform from scratch:


When: 8/17/11
Time: 4 PM EST.

This segment is the first of a series of self-promotion segments.
This segment is based on pitching the press.

See you there!


Monday, August 15, 2011

The time has come, it's time to get some new beauty and health shots

Hey Girls,

The time has come, it's time to get some new beauty and health shots. When I say health, I am talking about body shots with a health and beauty appeal. Pretty shots that focus on a certain part, legs, hands, backside, and shots that look like something you'd see in a health or beauty editorial in a magazine or product campaign.

I am shooting with a photographer friend I have known for many years and to prepare for the shoot here are some of things I do in the days before:

Moisturize the whole body. I do this always anyways. Don't forget your elbows and the back of your heels, the bottom of your feet, your neck, and even your bikini line. I also moistuize my arm pits sometimes. Seriously. I don't use any shimmer or crap on my skin, I want my natural glow to come forth and drinking a nice amount of water and staying hydrated also helps the skin.

Bangs trim. My hair is pretty long and I love the length and I'll get my bangs trimmed up before the shoot.

Nails.  Manicure, pedicure. Fresh!  Day before. Will probably do a natural clear or Essie's ballet slipper.

I think it is best to research shots before you get in front of the camera, discuss the shots with the photographer you are working with, make sure you are on the same page.

Height isn't everything when you focus on your other assets, aim high and strive! ~Isobella

This weekend found my hands in the Macy's commercial job I did

(A collection of hand modeling shots from Bon Appetit magazine)

Hey Girls,

Modeling isn't just about being a tall lanky giraffe, and to get opportunities it can mean noticing your assets and putting them to use. I've worked as a hand model many times over the years and this weekend, among writing, cooking, cleaning, I found my hands in the Macy's job I did. I froze the commercial and made these stills.

May this be inspiration for a couple things.
1. There is not one definition for what a model is.
2. A model has to hunt down her work.

That's my hand! Handing off hats, an a purse, and a gravy bowl. As a body parts model, I know my hand by heart, and it's a good idea I do, and it's a part of this model life. The size of my nails and fingers, and also when I am on the job I always keep in mind of what my hands are doing, what the shot involves, so I can remember when I am hunting for my work later ~Isobella

P.s: Go me and my books! Check out my book Short Stuff: on the job with an x-small model, on BN.com or Amazon.com (also the bok is an ebook too!)  In Short Stuff, I go behind the scenes of some of my modeling jobs and also share tips for short chicks as well :) Also be sure to download the Comics+ app in the app store for your iPhone or iPad, because my graphic novel Model Life is going to be an app soon! And until September 3rd you can get Almost 5'4" as an ebook in the US for $3.99! whoo hoo!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Have you seen Rafaellasportswear.com/ ad for all sizes?

Have you seen http://www.rafaellasportswear.com/ ad for all sizes? The site launches this fall and you can shape via your shape. It is cool but the range of sizes is not diverse enough in my opinion from what I see on their site so far. I hope they push the petite (5'4" and under) sizes too. Also, in the ad are they implying a modern woman means petite? She looks kinda tall in the ad.  Hmmm, not really clear. However, it always catches my eye to see more brands pushing all sizes, or showing off that all shapes are beautiful. I saw this ad in the September issue of Harper's Bazaar magazine.


P.s: You can get the ebook of my modeling memoir Almost 5'4" for $3.99 until my birthday September 3rd!
Short Stuff: on the job with an x-small model is also an ebook on Amazon, Bn.com and at the iBookstore!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Are modeling agencies becoming desperate? Or are models acting dumb?

The casting details read:


AGES 17-30


Come in with clean nails, no polish or jewelry

This morning I ran to get a manicure, I like to get it done fresh the day of a casting if possible. I had done a very, very, very light pink, one coat. Very clean. It looked basically clear. 

I was surprise when I arrived at the casting and would be sitting among a handful of giraffe models.

As I shut the door, one giraffe chick was handing the casting associate her comp card with her fashion-editorial images on it. The casting associated took once glance at the compcard and said, "We don't need your comp card unless it has an image of your hands on it."

The model looking dumbfounded...like "what should I do now?"

As a parts model, of course I had my parts modeling comp card with me and signed into the casting, filled in the casting sheet...measurements, all that and waited my turn.

Maybe 3 models in the room of the 8 of us were parts models with parts experience shown by the images I observed discreetly on their comp cards. 

Anyways, these giraffes were obviously fashion editorial models or print models from fashion agencies who looked all under the age of 21...I spied some of their ages when I was glancing at their casting sheets.

I also discreetly observed the hands of the other models there. This was a hand casting afterall. Might as well check out the competition.  There wasn't much. The others were not parts models, it was obvious by the sight of their hands. They seemed like they were at the wrong casting, these lanky, young griaffes probably being bossed around by their agents and told to show up at a casting for hands when their hands looked monsterous. Most of these giraffes had huge hands with colorful nail polish. Weird I thought. When I was told to have clear or no polish.

(btw, most hand models are not tall giraffes, so this is something a shorter girl could pursue because in hand modeling long fingernails and soft pretty looking hands and pretty clean nails are wanted. Usually short girls have these things, wink, wink)

One of the giraffe models names was called, but the moment she went over to the set the casting photographer looked at her hands and said to the giraffe: I can't shoot you like this. Do you have any nailpolish remover? The client wants to see hands without polish. You can go to the store and get some nail polish remover and come back.

Giraffe: But I just had my nails done yesterday?
(they were some vibrant bright color, pink, blue or yellow)

Casting photographer: I'm sorry but I can't shoot your hands like that. The shots will be close ups of the finger nails and if you have calcium deposits or something, the client wants to know and see your nails.

Giraffe: My nails look normal.

Her words for it wasn't enough proof.
Casting photographer:  We will be here till 5 is you want to get some nailpolish remover and come back later.

Another giraffe who also had colorful nails had to leave as well.  For not being prepared.

They had waited at least 20 minutes because she was there before I was, and I waited about that long.

For nothing. She couldn't even do the casting shots, all because of her nailpolish being hot pink or blue or whatever color they were...besides being clear which was what was requested.

Usually for a hand modeling casting a client will want to see your nail-bed, your fingers natural, no rings or jewelry marks, and even the casting director told these-giraffe models that the client should have told the agency these details beforehand, and it makes me wonder: Is this a fault of the agency? The model? Who?

Are modeling agencies becoming desperate to book their models work, it seems so when they send models to castings who aren't prepared for what the casting involves.

Are the models not paying attention to what the casting involves? Perhaps, so.

The point is: Get your shit together. It's amazing how many girls would love to work with high fashion agencies but yet how these high fashion agencies send their clueless models to castings where they don't even know what the client is looking for?? WTF!

Know what the casting involves beforehand, girl. Had these girls known that it involved clear polish maybe they wouldn't have wasted their time and been kicked out of the casting.

Dear Agencies: make sure your models know what the casting involves and how they should look when attending the casting.

Dear Models, if you agency isn't filling you in with these details, ASK!

And, if the castings you go on have anything to do with hands don't show up with rockstar colored polish unless it is for a rockstar themed project.


P.s: for more of my on the job experiences and stories check out my book Short Stuff: on the job with an x-small model which is in print and also an ebook!

Dear Kathryn Stockett: Thank you for sharing your honesty about rejection, I know my readers will love it, made me tear up

Hey Girls,

Got few minutes? This is worth it! This might make your day or night! This is an awesome article about not giving up. About facing rejection (save my rejection letters and emails too) but hanging onto your belief in yourself and your work. At 2:30 a.m. tonight I shed a tear while reading this. Because I understand that feeling of hope and desire Kathryn Stockett expresses here while believing in her book The Help. Read it! Then check out the book and movie and keep chasing what you want to chase and see accomplished because the more you hustle the closer you get to a yes and things you want and work for. Sometimes it's all about giving yourself the chance.

Think about what your goals are, and what means the most to you. Listen to your heart and go with your gut.  When you are in doubt go back to your goals, your heart--it is what drives you. Don't ignore it!



This is about a book, but I think anyone who is striving for something they believe in and when their goals involve getting the belief of others can relate.

Aim high and strive on!


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Favorite Little Thing video featuring Kendra Scott, Kimberly Glutz, Sephora lipstick and Fresh mascara

Click here to view my favorite things video and also check out my other videos.

Featured in video:


Sephora lipstick in Oh Oh! 18

Fresh, Magic Wands Mini Mascara Duo at Sephora.

The best things are little!

Buzz thatcaught my eye: Kendra Scott, Jane Fonda, Grace Coddington, plus size models

Hey Girls,

Awesome new sale site just launched, and I just signed up! Stop by www.saksfashionfix.com! 
Saks FashionFix offers merchandise up to 70% off…Sounds great to me!

At "73 and a half," Jane Fonda still looks fabulous. On the release of her latest book, Prime Time, she talks about mug shots, men, and finally learning to love her body. Read the interview: Jane Fonda Interview -Jane Fonda on Prime Time book - Harper's BAZAAR   I love reading biographies and memories and will prob pick this up as an ebook for my Nook or Kindle app.

Be inspired: Vogue Australia's September issue celebrates plus size model Robyn Lawley.

Be inspired: Fill it out, Plus-Size models use padding to get the job done, via Daily Mail.

Be inspired: Vogue's Creative Director, Grace Coddington, 70, has worked alongside editor Anna Wintour at the world's biggest fashion magazine since 1988 (and for two years before that at its British equivalent) having started her career as a  model in the late Fifties, read more of her journey here.

Grace Coddington's model shots become an exhibit: http://www.graziadaily.co.uk/fashion/archive/2011/08/10/grace-coddington-s-model-shots-to-go-on-display.htm
If you live in the Beverly Hills area be on the look out for Kendra Scott Jewelry! Via Kendra Scott's Facebook page: This Saturday, Aug. 13th from 10am-7pm in for the store's Grand Opening! The first 50 customers will get $50 off their purchase. Kendra will personally be in the store to meet and greet from 11am-6pm. There will be cupcakes and champagne all day to celebrate! Check out the fall 2011 photo shoot campaign video here.

Have you heard my interview with Kendra Scott? Check it out here, it's very inspiring for any girl with a dream.


Short models finding a modeling agency tips

A girl from Lousiana recently shared with me how hard it was to find a petite modeling agency there. I will admit from my own quick Google search there wasn't much when it came to the words: print modeling agency.  However, keep in mind you most likely will not find a petite modeling agency, there are very few in the world that target petite's but you will find print modeling agencies also known as commercial print modeling agencies that market humanistic and realistic models of all ages and types.

Remember, fashion agencies and print modeling agencies are very different worlds. Make sure you know the difference.

Print modeling agencies typically do not work with their models exclusively, they work with many models and their models work non-exculsive, which means they can work with more than one agency and also pursue their own modeling work as well.

Print modeling agencies don't typically invest in their models/ or pay for their comp cards, their portfolios, or photo-shoots.

This doesn't mean you pay the agency a fee to provide these things and usually THAT is a scam. Never pay an agency to work with them, buying a photo-package is typically a waste of money and time and you want to make sure you always have the rights to the images...to print and reprint what you like. Which is why I suggest models manage their own photography! 

If you are having a tough time finding a modeling agency in your area my reply below might also inspire your own pursuits.  I am all about doing the work! So get ready to roll up your sleeves and dive in to making what you want to happen, happen!

Dear ____,

Have you tried researching print modeling agencies? Print modeling agencies work with models that are more humanistic, all ages, sizes and types.  There may be not as many in a smaller city but they are out there.

Do you have a modeling compcard?
Having a comp card is helpful because most print modeling agencies do not invest in their models like a fashion agency does. A print modeling agency may market the photos you provide them and the comp card you provide them, so be prepared to roll up your sleeves and start managing your photos and creating marketable photos and your model marketing material; comp card and portfolio, here is alot more on this within these posts from my modeling tips blog:






These posts will help you get into the print modeling mindset.

Also, have you tried submitting to a talent agency?
If you are still stuggling finding an agency to submit your comp card to, try searching for talent agencies. Talent agencies work with models and also actors of all sizes and types. Remember never pay to work with an agency ahead of time, never feel forced into having to pay for a photo package or classes and always go with your gut. DO your research on the agencies and be prepared for a lot of work and self-investment. It takes confidence and a lot of ambition to strive as a model no matter your height.

Also when you have marketable modeling photos and a comp card you could also pursue to work with aspiring brands in your area to gain some experience and here are tips on how to do that:

Strive to find a professional photographer to work with but don't just leave it up to the photographer to produce the photos you need. YOU should know what you need, so research what print modeling is, review the blogs on the photos you need above, study print ads and products ads and editorials--not just in Vogue but in lifestyle magazines and magazines of all types- and strive to produce photos that will benefit your natural assets and your goals. Focus on all that you are and don't dwell on what you might think you lack.
 So you might be petite, but if your photos are professional and have a commercial print modeling vibe you could still your comp card by postal mail to print modeling agencies in your area.

I think you should take it upon yourself to get the photos you need, you will be less likely to be scammed if you already know the types of photos you need for print modeling.

When you have your photos you can then search on my blog in the upper left corner for tips for making a comp card.

Keep your ambition flowing and moving, the more you put into your ambitions the more you get!

P.s: Do you read ebooks? Check out my ebooks of Almost 5'4" and Short Stuff: on the job with an x-small model on bn.com and Amazon.com and in the ibookstore: search Isobella Jade.
For a limited time Almost 5'4" as an ebook is just $3.99!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Almost 5'4" ebook price lowered to $3.99 until my birthday September 3rd!

Hey Girls,

Guess what! You can get Almost 5'4" as an ebook on the Apple iBookstore, BN.com for the Nook or on Amazon.com for the Kindle for just $3.99 until my birthday September 3rd!


New Video: Getting the most out of your beauty products

( Turn down my podcast radio on the right side show to listen. Watch this video and my many others also on Youtube. )

Hey Girls,

Here I share some day in the life tips for getting the most out of your beauty products and a tip for fixing the scuffs on your heels. Enjoy! And always recycle your beauty products.

Products seen in video:
Laura Mercier mineral powder in rich vanilla.

Charles by Charles David shoes.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream, $16 at Sephora, yes at Sephora. Yup I saw The Body Shop products at Sephora this week and the collection looked great.

Destination Earth Citrus Breeze Travel-Size Body Lotion, from a hotel stay in Hudson Valley.

Aim high and strive on, don't worry about your height or what you lack, those tall giraffes are not everything! Value yourself and focus on bringing out your inner beauty every day as much as possible,


Sunday, August 7, 2011

Last night saw the Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum

rain or shine!

Last night saw the Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum. It was awesome! I love how he was inspired by nature and animals, I liked the bark of a tree impressions on some designs and the symbolism within his artistic and creative and inspiring work on the beautiful, the ugly, history, his Scottish heritage and life and death-- all  really impressive throughout the large exhibit. Today is the last day to view it. Look at the line when I was leaving last night.

My favorite was the dress of shells. And the skirt design made from wood, he also used pheasant feathers and goose feathers within his designs, really detailed and textured.  Amazing!

If you couldn't make the show, you should check out the book that showcases the designs from the exhibit Alexander McQueen Savage Beauty, view some images from his collection here: http://homedesign.marthastewart.com/2011/08/inspiration-alexander-mcqueen.html

It's sad he died so young,