In July, I was able to do a quick girl’s weekend trip to one of my all-time favorite cities, NYC. I have been very fortunate to visit this favorite city of mine on average twice a year, and while not every time am I able to visit a museum or take in a show, this past trip I was able to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Right now the Met is featuring a special exhibit China Through the Looking Glass. I had heard so much about this exhibit, and was excited that I was able to see it.
I’m not sure if many of you know this, but I’m half Chinese, so that was another big reason as to why I wanted to see this exhibit. I wanted to see how my culture has impacted Western Fashion and the culture of fashion for centuries (of course they have influenced more than just fashion, but it all intertwines). The exhibit features a collaboration between the Costume Institute and the Department of Asian Art showcasing high fashion ‘juxtaposed with Chinese costumes, paintings, porcelains, and other art, including films’.
So what did I love about this exhibit? Well of course it’s part of my culture, but I absolutely loved seeing the Chinese artifacts and designs that influenced the individual fashion pieces. It was truly exquisite. It amazes me how much the Chinese culture to this day has influenced so many cultures and generations and continues to do so. Another amazing aspect of this exhibit is the Fashion!! It is incredible, from the minute detailing (embroidery, beading, etc.) to the fabric pattern. The exhibit has been extended until September 7th. Make sure you take time to see it when you visit New York City! And if you cannot, you can find images via Social Media through the hashtags #chinalookingglass #asianart100 Enjoy a little piece of China: Through the Looking Glass from my visual perspective!
I’ll start the quick sneak peek with the most popular photographed dress! Designed by Guo Pei
Check back tomorrow for another Day at the Met!
**All photos/videos provided by Christy Davis**
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