How Joe Zee Skipped The Epic Line At The McQueen Exhibit


Tonight the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibit will close forever. Yes, forever. All of the incredible pieces will return to their rightful owners (the houses of McQueen and Givenchy, Daphne Guinness, assorted other collectors), and that will be that. But the Met is staying open until midnight to accomodate the crowds, and we would like to know just what lengths you’re going to for the once-in-a-lifetime show.

You’ve had all summer (well, actually more than that — it’s been open since May 4th) to catch the Costume Institute exhibit. In an effort to deal with the hoards of people turning out to see McQueen’s work, the Met extended the exhibit’s run, opened its doors on Mondays, and stayed open late during the show’s final week. And now Savage Beauty is closing in mere hours, and you still have yet to see it…what’s a fashion junkie to do?

You can’t exercise your membership status to skip the line anymore, since the museum revoked those privileges a few days ago. And once you do get in, the audio tour is no longer an option (though it’s totally unnecessary anyway). Racked reports that, inexplicably, there are in fact several lines on this last day, and that fights have broken out among the crowds. Yikes. Sounds like the best plan of action is to go the Joe Zee route.

Yesterday Elle‘s creative director sheepishly tweeted: “No judgement please, but yes, I left the McQueen exhibition to the last day. Going tmrw – anyone know firsthand what the wait is like today?” A fan with the Twitter handle @Ale_Bond responded to Zee, explaining that she worked at the Met and could help a brother out. Here’s a little play-by-play:


Ah, the power of Twitter! So, dear readers, what means have you employed to make sure you see the exhibit? Any tales from the never-ending queue? Let us know in the comments!

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