Costume Institute has us peeking ‘Through the Looking Glass’ at Chinese inspired fashions


This year the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual exhibit for the Costume Institute will be “China: Through the Looking Glass.”

This year, the Costume Insti- tute has collaborated with the Department of Asian Art to curate and design the exhibit.

The exhibit opens May 7, 2015 and will close August 16, 2015.

The exhibit will be located in both the Chinese Galleries and in the Anna Wintour Costume Center.

Each year, the exhibit serves as the thematic backdrop for the annual Costume Institute Gala.

This occasion known to many as the Met Ball, is a cele- bration of the exhibit’s opening.

The theme of the exhibit is traditionally the dress code for the event.

Party guests arrive dressed in avant-garde ensembles that celebrate the theme of the exhibit.

Past exhibits include “Punk: Chaos to Couture” of 2013 and “Charles James: Beyond Fash- ion” of 2014.

The Gala will take place in New York City on May 4, 2015. The Met Ball is one of the most anticipated fashion events of the year.
Lately, social media and the internet has become flooded with photographs of previous galas.

According to the Museum’s website, this year’s exhibit “will explore the impact of Chinese aesthetics on Western fashion, and how China has fueled the fashionable imagination for centuries.”

This exhibit will display couture garments, traditional Chinese costumes, and other types of decorative artifacts.

The display aims to show- case the connections between Western fashion and traditional Chinese aesthetics.

This exhibit will incorporate a wide array of artifacts that represent the aesthetic and visual intersections of Chinese culture and Western fashion.

The Costume Institute will show us these connections with on glance “Through the Looking Glass.”

Certainly, the exhibit will be both beautiful and educational.


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