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.