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The Legendary McQueen

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Dresses from Alexander McQueen's Fall 2010 Collection.

For the last three months (and a few days), “Savage Beauty,” the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s blockbuster tribute to the life’s work of designer Alexander McQueen, had drawn an unprecedented number of viewers to the museum’s annual Costume Institute show.

And in the days that led up to the show’s final weekend—which, due to popular demand, had extended late-night hours—many news outlets analyzed the show’s allure. After all, it wasn’t nearly 550,000 fashionistas on line at the Met. No, “Savage Beauty” brought together tourists, locals, young, old, men and women, many of whom you could bet have never ventured into the Alexander McQueen store in the Meatpacking District, for example.

Some have suggested that the fanfare surrounding the royal wedding and “the dress” may have contributed to the crowds. Others, of course pointed to the highly publicized and tragic death of the designer himself that put McQueen’s name on the radar.

And many will simply argue that they came to the show because the work was art—not simply fashion. And that is unquestionable.

Despite the two-hour lines that wound through the museum like so many snakes, die-hard fans and first-timers alike paid their respect to the late, great Alexander McQueen as they were transported deep into the designer’s psyche by the brilliantly executed “Savage Beauty.”

For our complete coverage of the show, click here.

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