On May 7, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, in association with the Department of Asian Art, will inaugurate this year's one of the most anticipated Costume Institute exhibit titled, “China: Through the Looking Glass”, an examination of how China has fuelled the fashionable imagination for centuries, resulting in highly creative distortions of cultural realities and mythologies. High fashion will be juxtaposed with Chinese costumes, paintings, porcelains, and other art, as well as films, to reveal enchanting reflections of Chinese imagery."

Featuring more than 130 examples of Haute Couture, avant-garde and ready to wear creations and traditional art work, the exhibit will explore the influence of Chinese art and films such as “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” “Farewell My Concubine” and “Raise the Red Lantern, “ just to name a few , and its influence on Western Fashion.

Showcasing fashion from the 1700s to today, the exhibition will feature works of Jean Paul Gaultier, Cristóbal Balenciaga, Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, Marc  Jacobs for Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Jason Wu, Giambattista Valli, Dries Van Noten, Coco Chanel and John Galliano’s Spring 2003 Christian Dior couture collection.

The exhibition will run from May 7 to August 16, 2015.

Evening Dress, Roberto Cavalli, Fall 2005

 Evening Dress, Valentino, Shanghai 2013

Christian Dior for House of Dior,Quiproquo" cocktail dress, 1951 

Evening Dress, Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent, Fall 2004

Dress, Vivienne Tam, Spring 1995

Jean Paul Gaultier ,Evening dress, fall/winter 2001–2 Haute couture

Evening coat, ca. 1925

Chinese Cheongsam, 1932

Detail of Court Robe (Chinese)

Ensemble, Yves Saint Laurent, Fall 1977

in the Mood for Love Film Still, 2000

John Galliano for House of Dior ,Dress, spring/summer 2003 haute couture

Ralph Lauren ,Evening dress, fall/winter 2011–12

Tom Ford  for Yves Saint Laurent, Paris , Evening dress, fall/winter 2004–5

(Image Credit : Metmuseum.org)


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