We were excited to visit the new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum, China: Through the Looking Glass, where some of the most beautiful and iconic garments of the past century were on display in an exhibit spanning three floors, dedicated to the various ways designers have been inspired by their dreamy version of China and Chinese clothing.In the words of the Metropolitan Museum:

This exhibition explores the impact of Chinese aesthetics on Western fashion and how China has fueled the fashionable imagination for centuries. In this collaboration between The Costume Institute and the Department of Asian Art, high fashion is juxtaposed with Chinese costumes, paintings, porcelains, and other art, including films, to reveal enchanting reflections of Chinese imagery.”

“From the earliest period of European contact with China in the sixteenth century, the West has been enchanted with enigmatic objects and imagery from the East, providing inspiration for fashion designers from Paul Poiret to Yves Saint Laurent, whose fashions are infused at every turn with romance, nostalgia, and make-believe. Through the looking glass of fashion, designers conjoin disparate stylistic references into a pastiche of Chinese aesthetic and cultural traditions. The exhibition features more than 140 examples of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear alongside Chinese art.”

Below we share some of the photos that we captured but would highly recommend that if given the chance you visit this stunning exhibit in person, on display till September 7th, 2015.


The Metropolitan Museum of Art is located at 1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street), New York, NY