MANHATTAN — There’s still time — and now more of it — to catch the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s wildly popular Alexander McQueen exhibit “Savage Beauty.”
The museum announced it is extending evening hours for the Costume Institute show during its final week, from Aug. 4 through Aug. 7. The McQueen exhibit — along with Anthony Caro on the Roof on the museum’s roof garden — will remain open until 9 p.m. rather than the normal 5:30 p.m. closing time on Thursday through Sunday.
The Met had already extended the hit exhibit of the late British fashion designer a week past its original end date of July 31.
The show attracted a whopping 43,000 visitors its first week after its May 4 opening. Nearly 450,000 visitors have viewed the show through its run.
McQueen was 40 when he took his own life last February, on the eve of New York's Fashion Week. Designer Sarah Burton was working for McQueen's line when she designed Kate Middleton's Royal Wedding dress.
Fans have been tweeting its praises non-stop.
“Just been to see the Alexander McQueen show at the Met in NY,” a Londoner posting @noralamoudi wrote. “Absolutely mesmerising!“ [sic]
A band known as Trumpeter Swan tweeted: I was blown away by the Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Met. An audio and visual deluge that's inspiring the next album.”
Also, from July 22 to Aug. 7, Met members get to see the show an hour before the general public. They will have exclusive access to the galleries from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., as will people who pay $50 a ticket for “Met Mondays with McQueen,” which allows visitors when the museum is normally closed, Met officials said.