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Posted at 10:32 AM ET, 06/01/2011

Alexander McQueen “Savage Beauty” exhibition extended to August 7

More McQueen, please.

The shocking, sometimes disturbing, extremely popular exhibit of  British fashion designer Alexander McQueen’s work is extending its run at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty,” which was due to close at the end of July, is tacking on another week and will now close on Aug. 7.  

Since its opening on May 4, more than 180,000 visitors have queued up for the show, the museum said. During Memorial Day weekend, ticket-bearers had to patiently stand for 30 minutes behind velvet ropes for a chance to gaze on the exquisite gowns, macabre jewelry, surreal millinery, and hypnotic videos that comprise the show. (Visual delights include a frock all of feathers neatly laid, a vaguely erotic but certainly creepy corset, shaped to look like a spine, and iconic armadillo shoes as spotted on the feet of the notorious fashionista Daphne Guinness.)

To accommodate the crush, special viewing hours have been added on Mondays, when the Museum is typically closed to the public. Monday access will begin June 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.,but there’s an additional fee. Tickets will cost $50 -- instead of the usual $20--  and will include a free audio guide to the exhibition. 

By Michele Langevine Leiby  |  10:32 AM ET, 06/01/2011

 
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