10 August 2011

McQueen savage Beauty SMASHES Records!

The MET’s ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’ exhibition came to a close on Sunday, and figures from the exhibition show that it totally exceeded all expectations during it's three month run. In fact, the exhibition was seen by 661,509 fash-fans, making it the Costume Institute’s most successful ever event, and ranking it alongside other Met blockbusters such as Mona Lisa (1963) and Treasures of Tutankhamen (1978.). As a result, it comes in at number 8 on the all-time list of the MET's best attended exhibitions – and that’s a list which goes back 141 years. Wowsers.

The show was so massively popular that the MET extended its run by a week, opened the show on Mondays when the rest of the museum was shut (‘Mondays with McQueen’ selling 17,000 tickets out in spite of costing $50 a head) and was supported with 100,000 sales of the exhibition catalogue at $45 a copy.

Anna Wintour, elective trustee of the Metropolitan Museum's board told the NY Times that ‘we knew [the Met exhibition] would do well, but we didn't know how well… One of the mailroom guys told me yesterday how much he enjoyed the show. It just shows you how fashion now reaches so many different people’. Doesn’t it just, Anna. (#patronising)

Grazia Daily hopes this is enough for the organisers of the show to consider taking it on a global tour, starting with London (obviously) because that’s not only where where McQueen lived and worked, but is also where we’re based (yeah, we know - selfish), making it the city where – frankly – the smart money would have put the exhibit in the first instance. But hey, maybe we could get a second bite of the apple? Please...?

- Alex Butt


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