China Through the Looking Glass

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.

I hadn't planned on going. It slipped my mind that the exhibit was still up. (Total mistake on my part. How could anyone forget Rihanna's dress or Beyonce's grand entrance to the Met Gala?)

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.)

China Through the Looking Glass - Costume Institute

If anyone ever doubts that fashion can be art I would like to submit this as Exhibit A.

China Through the Looking Glass - Costume Institute

China Through the Looking Glass - Costume Institute

Stunning doesn't begin to describe it.

China Through the Looking Glass - Costume Institute 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.

China Through the Looking Glass - Costume Institute

China Through the Looking Glass - Costume Institute

The exhibit changes tone with this section:

China Through the Looking Glass - Costume Institute

Mannequins are placed in a bamboo "forest" made of lights. The audience walks around the structure in order to see the clothes.

China Through the Looking Glass - Costume Institute

It's so different in form and concept from other sections. But, it is a welcome surprise.

Other moments -

China Through the Looking Glass - Costume Institute

 

China Through the Looking Glass - Costume Institute

China Through the Looking Glass - Costume Institute

If you are in NYC I highly recommend going!

Are you planning on seeing China Through the Looking Glass? Do tell!