Just the Tip, for Alexander McQueen – Skip The Hour Long Line

I have just the tip for the Alexander McQueen exhibit at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Anyone who becomes a member of the museum circumvents the entire line to see the exhibit. Typically the line is running between 45 minutes and an hour.

For locals the basic membership starts $70, this is the Met Net. One person gets unlimted access to the museum for a year. You can easily make your money back on this one with a few visits.

For people living 200 miles outside of NYC, you can get an Associate Membership for only $60.

Even if you get to NYC a few times a year, you can make good use of this.  Not to mention, no waiting in the hour long line and you support a really good cause.

You also get discounts on purchases and audio tours.

About the exhibition, from the Met’s Website:

The exhibition, organized by The Costume Institute, celebrates the late Alexander McQueen’s extraordinary contributions to fashion. From his Central Saint Martins postgraduate collection of 1992 to his final runway presentation, which took place after his death in February 2010, Mr. McQueen challenged and expanded the understanding of fashion beyond utility to a conceptual expression of culture, politics, and identity. His iconic designs constitute the work of an artist whose medium of expression was fashion. The exhibition will feature approximately one hundred ensembles and seventy accessories from Mr. McQueen’s prolific nineteen-year career. Drawn primarily from the Alexander McQueen Archive in London, with some pieces from the Givenchy Archive in Paris as well as private collections, signature designs including the “bumster” trouser, the kimono jacket, and the three-point “origami” frock coat will be on view. McQueen’s fashions often referenced the exaggerated silhouettes of the 1860s, 1880s, 1890s, and 1950s, but his technical ingenuity always imbued his designs with an innovative sensibility that kept him at the vanguard.

The exhibition is organized by Andrew Bolton, curator, with the support of Harold Koda, curator in charge, both of The Costume Institute. Sam Gainsbury and Joseph Bennett, the production designers for Alexander McQueen’s fashion shows, served as the exhibition’s creative director and production designer, respectively. All head treatments and masks are designed by Guido.

About membership rule for the exhibition, from the Met’s Website:

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, located in the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall, second floor, is free with Museum admission.

There may be a wait to enter the exhibition. To minimize your chances of waiting in line, please consider visiting in the morning or on a weekday. The entrance line closes at 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and 8:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Visitors can now purchase timed tickets to view the exhibition on Mondays, when the Museum is closed to the public. Purchase tickets to Met Mondays with McQueen.

Museum Members receive priority access to the exhibition Tuesdays through Sundays. To bypass the entrance line, purchase a Membership online or at the Membership Desks in the Great Hall or Uris Center for Education (accessible through the 81st Street entrance).

This exhibition may not be suitable for children under five years of age. Strollers are not permitted inside the exhibition.

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