While the excitement surrounding "Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations" didn't have quite the same fervor as its predecessor “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” (understatement of the year?), we expected that it would fare pretty well. But, according to The New York Times, the exhibition closed quietly Sunday with only about half of the number of attendees as McQueen had the year before.

To put this stat into perspective, the McQueen exhibition came on the heels of the designer's suicide and the impassioned outpouring that ensued. The number of people that came out to see it -- 661,509 -- was far higher than any costume exhibition on record at The Met and the show's run had to be extended twice, so it wasn't exactly an easy act to follow.

That said, Schiap and Prada's 339,838 attendance is still a bit lackluster. The show in 2008, "Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy," brought out 576,000 viewers while the Jacqueline Kennedy show in 2001 had a turnout of 559,902. Coco Chanel, another big-ticket name, managed an attendance of 463,600. And even though Prada is also an important name in the fashion industry, perhaps her pairing with Schiaparelli was not enough draw for the masses?

This possibility, of course, was not unrecognized by the curators of the show. In an interview with New York Magazine, co-curator Andrew Bolton, said that he had no intention of replicating the "emotional" frenzy of the McQueen exhibition:

We deliberately wanted to do something more high-concept and more intellectual than an emotional experience. We also wanted to focus on designers who are able to marry their conceptualism with practicality.

Well, we're fairly certain that The Metropolitan Museum of Art is not wanting for visitors, so we applaud the curators for putting together a show that they felt passionate about even if they knew it might be a dud. Do you think the choice to feature Prada and Schiaparelli was a mistake?

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Take a look at the stunning guests at the "Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations" opening gala!

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  • Beyonce in Givenchy

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  • Anna Wintour in Prada

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  • Bee Shaffer in Erdem

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  • Anna Wintour in Prada and Bee Shaffer in Erdem

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  • Carey Mulligan in Prada

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  • Grace Coddington in Prada

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  • Coco Rocha in vintage Givenchy

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  • Greta Gerwig in Prabal Gurung and carrying Nancy Gonzalez

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  • Camilla Belle in Ralph Lauren

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  • Tim Tebow in Ralph Lauren

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  • Lana Del Rey in Altuzarra

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  • Jessica Paré in L'Wren Scott

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  • Jamie King in Topshop

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  • Dree Hemingway in Topshop and Philip Green

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  • Solange Knowles in Rachel Roy and Jennifer Fisher Jewelry

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  • Solange Knowles in Rachel Roy and Jennifer Fisher Jewelry and Rachel Roy in Rachel Roy and carrying Nancy Gonzalez

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  • Elizabeth Banks in Mary Katrantzou

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  • Amber Heard in Zac Posen

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  • Zac Posen and Amber Heard in Zac Posen

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  • Jessica Alba in Michael Kors

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  • January Jones in Versace

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  • Brooke Shields

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  • Allison Williams in Ralph Lauren

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  • Paula Patton in Vera Wang

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  • Vera Wang in Vera Wang

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  • Vera Wang and Wendi Deng in Vera Wang

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  • Paula Patton, Vera Wang and Wendi Deng in Vera Wang

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  • Lena Dunham in Wes Gordon

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  • Lena Dunham in Wes Gordon and Hamish Bowles

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  • Ed Westwick in Prada

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  • Chace Crawford in Kenneth Cole

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  • Michelle Dockery in Ralph Lauren

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  • Amy Poehler in Fotini

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  • Amy Poehler in Fotini and Will Arnett

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  • Debra Messing in Fred Leighton Jewels

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  • Dee Ocleppo and Tommy Hilfiger in Tommy Hilfiger

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  • Ivanka Trump in Peter Pilotto

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  • Dakota Fanning in Louis Vuitton

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  • Sandra Lee

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  • Bruno Mars in Prada

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  • LaLa Anthony in Zac Posen and Carmelo Anthony

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  • Claire Danes in J. Mendel and Van Cleef & Arpels

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  • Claire Danes in J. Mendel and Van Cleef & Arpels and Hugh Dancy in Prada

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  • Lea Michele in Diane von Furstenberg

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  • Karolina Kurkova in Rachel Zoe

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  • Rachel Zoe and Karolina Kurkova in Rachel Zoe

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  • Hilary Swank in Michael Kors

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  • Hilary Swank in Michael Kors and Michael Kors

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  • Rooney Mara in Givenchy

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  • Bianca Brandolini D'Adda in Dolce & Gabbana

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  • James Murphy and Christina Topsøe

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