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Alexander McQueen v. Jean Paul Gaultier: How do their exhibitions stack up? Add to ...

It's a rare treat for fashion buffs on this side of the Atlantic: two major exhibitions devoted to the work of two major clothing designers by a pair of major museums. Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, which opened at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art in May, has had its run extended to Aug. 7 because of popular demand; The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk opened at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts two weeks ago and continues to Oct. 2. Both exhibitions celebrate designers who have transcended the runway to create wearable art, even if their shows have markedly different feels. Amy Verner, having visited both, looks at how they stack up.

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