Monday, May 4, 2015

China: Through the Looking Glass


The new Costume Institute exhibit, China: Through The Looking Glass, explores the impact of Chinese aesthetics on Western fashion.


The Exhibit kicked off this morning with a press preview which will be followed by the Annual Met Gala tonight. Officially, the exhibit opens to the public this Thursday, May 7th and will continue on through the summer, closing on August 16th.



The scale of the exhibit is fantastic at two and half times the size of previous costume Institute exhibitions at the MET. China: Through the Looking Glass, incorporates the work of over 150 designs by 40 designers (with the work of such designers as Paul Poiret, Alexander McQueen, Coco Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent on prominent display). Besides from the gorgeous clothes themselves, the beauty of the exhibit comes through in the combination of elements at play. Curator Andrew Bolton spoke during the opening remarks this morning, commenting on how the set design took cues from Alice In Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass. There are mirrors and reflective surfaces throughout, creating a dreamlike world that when paired with music and film clips (keep your eyes open for video of the enchanting actress Anna May Wong), creates an enchanted experience as you wander from room to room.


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  1. sandy

    May 4, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    It is such a lot of inspiration :)

  2. Monika

    May 4, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    Wow how amazing! I’ll have to stop by.


  3. Liz

    May 4, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    so beautiful

  4. Carolina

    May 4, 2015 at 5:00 pm


  5. Joyce Ka Yan LAu

    May 4, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    I wish I can stop by and see it! Looks amazing!

  6. milex

    May 4, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    Bad dresses but Rihanna made this event all about her.

  7. Lis

    May 5, 2015 at 4:36 am

    WISH they had a rotating web cam to this entire exhibit! Request stated and awaiting….. =)

  8. Jill Reve

    May 5, 2015 at 9:26 am

    The silks……nothing more delicious than silk…..

  9. Albert

    May 7, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Each year MET exhibitions is always amazing. Hopefully one day, I can be there to witness it with my own eyes :)

    Best, Albert | Palming Pebbles

  10. Patti

    April 20, 2016 at 9:23 am

    I’d love to know if it’s playing in the Scottsdale/ Phoenix area?

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