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The Met’s Costume Institute breaks attendance record with ‘China: Through the Looking Glass’

The Met’s Costume Institute breaks attendance record with ‘China: Through the Looking Glass’

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The Met’s Costume Institute sees ‘China: Through the Looking Glass’ break attendance records. The international fashion show has been a major draw for the museum since it opened earlier this year…

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute is smashing records with its current China: Through the Looking Glass exhibition, which has attracted 671,234 visitors, ahead of its Labour Day closing date. The exhibition, which inspired this year's Met Gala dress code, has taken over the crown from former record holder Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty from 2011 (although this exhibition still takes the top spot for the V&A in London after a winning performance this year). 

The Andrew Bolton-curated China show is now The Costume Institute's most attended exhibition ever. With a large cross-cultural appeal, featuring designers from all around the world, the show has been a draw for those local to the Institute as well as New York's 55 million annual visitors.

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