The Alexander McQueen ShowPosted: August 11, 2011
I am embarrassed to admit that I did not go to The Met to see the Alexander McQueen exhibition. You may have heard about it. You know, the one that is The Met’s eighth most attended show of all time!?
Not having gone will probably be my biggest regret of the summer but c’est la vie, right?
Pouring salt in the wounds of my shame, every media outlet seems to have coverage of the exhibition’s astounding success. A selection:
“We knew [the Met exhibition] would do well, but we didn’t know how well,” Anna Wintour, editor of US Vogue and now elective trustee of the Metropolitan Museum’s board, told the New York Times. “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.”
“We are enormously gratified that visitors turned out in record numbers to view this powerful exhibition of McQueen’s work,” Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, said in a statement.
“The show was an elegant tribute to the designer’s artistry, and we are proud to have shared it with such a broad audience, eager to experience the breadth of his genius,” he added.
“Yay!” one woman cried, as a guard lifted the final slim, brown rope on “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty,” a retrospective exhibition of the work of the British designer, who killed himself last year at 40. “We made it!” another woman called out as the crowd burst into applause.
“Do not touch the McQueen dresses for no reasons,” another guard admonished wearily, grammar fallen victim to so many hours of repetition. “Thank you for coming.”