On May 4, 2011, New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art opened a show. They placed it down a long hallway, tucked back to the right of an array of ancient sculptures and Renaissance paintings. That show was called “Savage Beauty.” Its focus? One fashion designer the trustees thought had little name recognition outside of fashion circles and high-fashion followers. That designer was Alexander McQueen. And they were wrong.
More than 23,000 people purchased memberships to the museum during the exhibition, allowing them to skip the four-hour-plus line, and 17,000 people bought $50 tickets to see it over the last eight Mondays, when the museum is normally closed. When all was said and done, the final attendance count reached 661,509 visitors, making it the eighth biggest show on record for the Museum, and breaking the attendance record for the Met’s Costume Institute. Nearly 80,000 people saw the McQueen show during its final week alone, as the museum stayed open until midnight to accommodate the public’s desperate demand to see the work of this artist.
So, you may ask, what does this New York story have to do with Santa Fe?
Because it brings into sharp relief that even a city steeped in fashion history underestimated its impact on the public, and people’s hunger for this highly-personal art. And this is happening here, in our own city.
Santa Fe, a city mentioned alongside the great artistic cities of the world, often neglects to include fashion as one of its most vibrant, contemporary and accessible art forms as it celebrates the collections curated here.
But that, dear readers, is over…
For those like Chauncey Gardner who like to watch, Santa Fe Street will host a stellar high-fashion show on Friday night, 28 August, in the most gorgeous space in Santa Fe: La Terazza on the roof of La Fonda Hotel.
Starting with champagne and canapés on the portal at 6:30pm, the show will feature designers both resident and international showing and discussing their collections…a curated show that will demonstrate that “new” trends like high/low and luxe casual have long been de rigueur in our hometown. I mean, have you ever gone to the Santa Fe Opera on opening night? We tailgate in gowns. Just saying…
If you are interested in tickets to Santa Fe Street Fashion Week: The Show, please message me and I’ll let you know when they go on sale in May.
This is a tremendous undertaking, and would not be possible without the help and support of Creative Santa Fe, especially Cyndi Conn and Angela Martin–along with countless others lining up to come out and play. Thank thank thank you!
Stay tuned for more info here and on FB, dearies…