‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’ Exhibit Closes With Record Number of Visitors

The doors have closed on the Victoria & Albert Museum’s Alexander McQueen retrospective, “Savage Beauty.” The exhibition, which ran from March through this past weekend, welcomed just under half-million visitors, the highest in the museum’s history.

The show was so popular that the museum kept its doors open overnight during the final two weekends. Visitors could purchase tickets that allowed them to see the exhibition until 5:30am.

The V&A was the first retrospective of McQueen’s work presented in Europe, starting with his 1992 graduate collection all the way to his final unfinished fall 2010 collection. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York showed the exhibition in 2011.

The V&A museum posted a photo on Twitter of exhibition curator Claire Wilcox on the final evening of the show. “After 21 incredible weeks, Claire Wilcox locks #SavageBeauty for good. Thanks to everyone who has shared this with us.”

The exhibit included several pairs of McQueen’s iconic Armadillo shoes, which were recently in the spotlight again thanks to a Christie’s auction that sold three pairs. Lady Gaga’s fiancé, Taylor Kinney, purchased all of the three re-commissioned pairs for a combined $295,000. Proceeds from the sale will go to earthquake relief efforts in Nepal.

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Lady Gaga exiting her New York City hotel wearing her new Alexander McQueen booties.
CREDIT: Splash.
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