Just over twelve hours ago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art shut the door on “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty,” ending two days of staying open until midnight, waits up to six hours, and a spectacle that generated deafening word of mouth for the institution. The blockbuster show attracted 661,509 guests, putting it at number eight in the top ten exhibitions in the museum’s history.
Naturally Anna Wintour was one of those many thousands. In fact, she was on hand last night. The New York Times‘ Eric Wilson oh-so-casually inserts a quote from the Vogue editrix — “I happened to see her last week…” — into an otherwise unremarkable “Savage Beauty numbers round-up.
“We knew it was going to do well, but we didn’t know how well,” Ms. Wintour said to Mr. Wilson. “One of the mailroom guys told me yesterday how much he enjoyed the show. It just shows you how fashion now reaches so many different people.”
Yes, Anna, it is just shocking that someone can both place mail into mailboxes and enjoy high fashion.
In any case, Ms. Wintour’s newly discovered kindness toward the bottom rungs of Vogue staffers should comfort interns who encounter her in a Condé Nast elevator. Maybe they’ll actually say something next time.