"China: Through The Looking Glass" Costume Institute Benefit Gala - Press Preview

Met Gala Exhibition Previews This Morning

Guests attending at the Met’s Chinese Galleries and Costume Center this morning found a vibrantly-curated exhibition of more than 140 couture and ready-to-wear pieces, displayed in juxtaposition with significant examples of Chinese art. The galleries are low-lit, each room having a screen displaying images curated or created by Wong Kar Wei. One stunning chamber, showcasing more than half a dozen Dior couture creations, mimics a water-garden with a black tile floor while on the ceiling, a projection of a blood-red moon is animated by water dripping onto its surface and creating ripples.
Designers influenced by Chinese motifs include a who’s-who of the Western canon: Ralph Lauren, Alexander McQueen, Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs, Karl Lagerfeld and Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy are just some of the names represented in the show.

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