FASHION & STYLE: CHINA & FASHION ARE POISED TO MEET AT THE MET
All eyes looked to the Far East Monday at the Metropolitan Museum of Art‘s press preview for “China: Through the Looking Glass,” an upcoming show fusing fashion, art and film influenced by the eastern country. Opening May 7th, the show will take over the Anna Wintour Costume Center as well as the museum’s Chinese Galleries. A collection of 130 couture and ready-to-wear pieces have been curated with traditional Chinese costumes, paintings and decorative objects to showcase Western civilization’s obsession with Chinese aesthetics.
In collaboration with the Department of Asian Art, Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton conceptualized the exhibit — encompassing pieces from the 18th century to today — in a series of fashion displays reflecting design elements of art objects with which they are paired. For example, the Astor Court will showcase the Chinese opera costumes of famed Peking singer Mei Lanfang, the inspiration behind John Galliano’s Spring 2003 couture collection for Christian Dior.
Bolton underscored the importance of cinema in shaping Western perceptions of China in a series of clips from films like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Farewell, My Concubine, and In the Mood for Love.
Bolton said to WWD that the show will “reveal itself through a series of narrative spaces that are constantly being reorganized by free association. As if by magic, the physical distance between East and West, which often seems monolithic and diametrically opposed, diminishes.”
Images via Metropolitan Museum of Art | Thumbnail: Nick Knight; Above: Marcio Madeiraby