savage beauty is the V&A’s most popular exhibition of all time

It outsold last year’s David Bowie show by over 100,000 tickets.

by Tish Weinstock
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04 August 2015, 4:35pm

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty has broken the V&A's box office record, as the museum's most popular exhibition of all time. Selling over 480,000 tickets during its 21-week run, the late designer's retrospective was so popular that the South Kensington museum opened its doors overnight for its final two weekends, running from 10pm to 5.20am for over 15,000 people."We planned for it to be more successful than David Bowie (which sold 311,956 tickets in 2013) but getting 480,000 visitors is over 100,000 more than we expected to get," announced deputy director Tim Reeve. "We have a lot of experience running big exhibitions but we did not predict it would be that big." Romantic, haunting, and deeply dramatic, the exhibition captured the rebellious spirit of fashion's favourite enfant terrible.

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