Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty MET Exhibition Breaks Records

We, and nearly every fashion writer, blogger or fan who could attend, said that the “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” exhibit at the MET was worth seeing no matter what. It seems many of you were listening, and not even a fashion superhero could challenge a retrospective on the late designer’s legacy.

With nearly a week left, the New York Times is reporting that the showing set an attendance record for a fashion exhibition with 582,000 people attending as of Sunday night. The previous record was held by the 2008 “Superheroes: Fashion Fantasy” exhibition which attracted 576,000 attendees. The MET is planning to keep the exhibit open until midnight on August 6th and 7th – the two final days.

In more McQueen news, the designer’s will was recently made public and it was revealed that McQueen left £50,000 for the care of his dogs – the same amount he left to each of his housekeepers, nieces and nephews. An animal lover to the end, two separate UK animal charities also received £100,000 donations from McQueen’s estate. The bulk of his £16 million (approximately $25 million) fortune, however, will go to his own charity which the designer asked to use towards scholarships at his alma mater, Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design. {the Independent}

He broke boundaries when he was alive, broke hearts with his death, but there seems to be no limit to the number of people Alexander McQueen continues to inspire and touch from beyond.

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