Exhibit at the Costume Institute
I recently went to NYC to spend time with family. While I was there I saw “China Through the Looking Glass,” at the Costume Institute in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
It was a perfect NYC day (the weather was gorgeous) and I had no pressing deadlines. A free day is such a luxury, isn’t it? I went on a walk, and that walk led me right in front of the Met. And I thought, “Oh! The Met! Let’s go in there!” Once I entered it dawned on me, “Oh! The Costume Institute!”
Sometimes bumbling into things works in my favor.
I took a number of photos so I could give you a quick look into the exhibit.
My favorite part was this dress by Guo Pei. (Note: The same designer behind Rihanna’s yellow dress.)
If anyone ever doubts that fashion can be art I would like to submit this as Exhibit A.
Stunning doesn’t begin to describe it.
A large portion of the exhibit juxtaposes art forms. A historic object from China is taken and placed next to a modern ensemble. The visitor can see the direct result of Chinese influence on design. It’s clever, and it works.
The exhibit changes tone with this section:
Mannequins are placed in a bamboo “forest” made of lights. The audience walks around the structure in order to see the clothes.
It’s so different in form and concept from other sections. But, it is a welcome surprise.
Other moments –
If you are in NYC I highly recommend going!
Are you planning on seeing China Through the Looking Glass? Do tell!