Monday, August 17, 2015

China Through the Looking Glass


China Through the Looking Glass Dior Gown, in a room of ancient Chinese statuary.  They compliment each other.
I will say, I am not a massive "fashion" fan.  But every year the Metropolitan Museum of Art has a fashion night.  And it is followed with a red-carpet review that is matched only by the Oscars (not even the Oscars matches it for the New York crowd).
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The ostensible purpose of the evening is to raise money for the museum and open the Met's summer "fashion" exhibit.  Sometimes these are massive hits (the Alexander McQueen exhibit), some times just great exhibits but lacking the buzz (a few years ago they have paintings of Impressionists and the dresses that were in the paintings - sometimes from the period and other times, the actual model's dresses).
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Well, this year the show is called and about "China Through the Looking Glass" and the exhibit is amazing.  Not just the fashion.  As a matter of fact, particularly not the fashion, but the juxtaposition of the outfits against the actual art of China.  This show was spread throughout the East Asian / Chinese Art Halls.
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Gorgeous, just look.
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Outfits from the 1920 and today's Couture in a Tea-Garden setting.
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These Kanji character dresses are in a room of ancient Chinese text scrolls.

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The 1920/30s outfit in a dressing room of 1920s Chinese furniture

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A Modern (1930s) gown based on an ancient Chinese ceramic (forground)

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This is a French Ballet outfit from the 1890s that was used in a ballet about China.
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Based on the movies of the 1920s with Anna May Wong

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