China Through the Looking Glass

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The Met Gala, also known as the Met Ball, is an annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City. It marks the grand opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit and of course, every year the theme changes. This year the fashion world had the opportunity to experience the Chinese culture through innovative ways from designers and artists. China Through the Looking Glass is a one-of-a-kind experience that embeds fashion and the arts.


The exhibition explores the impact of Chinese culture on Western fashion and how the culture has fueled the fashionable imagination for centuries. The exhibit explores Chinese galleries, Egyptian galleries, and the Anna Wintour costume center. The collaboration between the costume institute and the department of Asian art mixing together with Chinese costumes, paintings, architecture, porcelains, films, and other art to reveal the idea of Chinese imagery. The East has inspired the West from fashion designers such as Paul Poiret and Yves Saint Laurent, whose fashion sense has been infused throughout romance, nostalgia, and make-believe. Through the looking glass of fashion, designers infuse stylistic references into Chinese culture traditions.


This fascinating exhibit features more than 140 examples of haute couture and ready-to-wear pieces alongside Chinese art. The exhibit also exemplifies film representations of China to incorporate visions of China framed by narratives that draw upon popular culture and understand the richness of Chinese history. This multimedia extravaganza moves between quiet contemplation and brilliant visual art that is a spectacular new show. The Metropolitan Museum of Art offers one of the most breathtaking explorations of China that you must check out! We truly enjoyed exploring this fabulous exhibit and we recommend anyone to experience this artistic display.

Yours in Style,

The LCNY team

post in : Lauren Cecchi


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