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Met's Alexander McQueen Exhibit Closes, Breaks Records: VIDEO


Eric Wilson at the NYT reports that the Met's Alexander McQueen exhibit Savage Beauty broke records before it closed last night:

When all was said and done at the close of “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” on Sunday night, the final attendance count reached 661,509 visitors since the show opened on May 4, making it the eighth biggest show on record at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. (Of course, some of us saw it five or six times, so that helped.)

The exhibition broke the attendance record for the Met’s Costume Institute a week ago, surpassing the 2008 show “Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy,” which had 576,000. Nearly 80,000 people saw the McQueen show during its final week, as the museum stayed open until midnight for its final two nights.

A few more numbers on the show over at the NYT.

And if you missed it, you can see the incredible show, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Stunning exhibit! Such a huge loss to fashion. RIP

    Posted by: David | Aug 8, 2011 3:09:24 PM

  2. GAG! Beloved!

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Aug 8, 2011 3:41:13 PM

  3. Remarkable. A true loss.

    Posted by: Bill | Aug 8, 2011 4:41:29 PM

  4. Sad to have lost such an amazing imagination-those clothes are indeed works of art.

    Posted by: jaragon | Aug 8, 2011 5:50:22 PM

  5. Thank you so much for posting this. I would have missed it and missed out on a breathtaking view of an astounding imagination. Pure inspiration!

    Posted by: uffda | Aug 8, 2011 7:05:00 PM

  6. I don't have superlatives enough for the genius of McQueen.

    Posted by: James in BCN | Aug 9, 2011 5:38:56 AM

  7. wow. what creativity. stunning work, and exhibit!

    Posted by: tinhouston | Aug 9, 2011 7:53:44 PM

  8. I find it sad that the Met has to resort to a McQueen show to get this sort of crowd. I have nothing against McQueen or even a McQueen show. I do have a problem with such a show being held at the Met. There are enough venues for the display of fashion, and the Met should be preserved for Old Masters of painting. (Imagine me clutching my pearls now.) A McQueen show at the Met is meretricious and sadly, I fear there will only be more fashion shows since this one was such a huge success. (And let the angry responses begin...Now.)

    Posted by: DaveinLA | Aug 9, 2011 8:11:18 PM

  9. The Met is one of the very tiny number of museums that have the staff, the money, and the public support to lead the art world in new directions. The Met, along with the Louvre, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Hermitage, and other similar places are institutions that showcase all kinds of artistic visions, some of which speak to me, while others do not... but what they all have in common are that they are all of superlative quality. I have no problem with this show being featured at the Met, as McQueen's artistic vision and genius are on par with the other artists whose work can be seen there. Art takes many forms, and any effort to limit the art shown at the Met to "old master paintings" would be antithetical to the mission of the organization.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Sep 2, 2011 2:07:54 PM

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