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Edited by Lester Brathwaite on December 12 2011 at 1:08 PM

2. Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty

The most successful fashion exhibit in the Metropolitan Museum of Art‘s  history, Alexander McQueen‘s Savage Beauty set records and inspired fashion lovers and neophytes alike. The exhibit proved so popular, in fact, the Met extended its run twice. Even then, there were still lines of people waiting hours to get into the museum, but for 661,509 people it was well-worth the wait.

Story by Lester Brathwaite

I was center square from 1969 to 1978, during which I perfected the art of the zing as well as a crippling cocaine addiction. Bea Arthur was responsible for both. @LesFabian lester dot brathwaite at gmail