May 25, 2015

I ❤ NY: China - Through the Looking Glass Exhibit at the Met


      Happy Memorial Day! Today I want to share something I did over Memorial Day weekend. I look forward to the Costume Institution's new exhibit every season, and this year I was particularly excited because the theme was China: Through the Looking Glass since I am Chinese. I have to say that this was the best exhibit I've been to thus far. The exhibit was really breathtaking, and I think it was undoubtedly one of the largest exhibits the Costume Institution has featured. The exhibit spans 3 floors. Moreover, it is incorporated into the already existing and permanent Chinese art wings which was amazing because you are able to compare the modern interpretation from traditional art pieces.

      I don't want to write too much because I want to let the pictures speak for themselves. I will only say that there is a lot to look at, and despite this post containing 22 photos, there was plenty more to see! Furthermore, the exhibit incorporates cinema and film by playing on huge LCD television screens movies such as The Last Emperor, The Curse of the Golden Flower, and Shanghai Express. One of the most breathtaking exhibits was how the Institute transformed the indoor Chinese Garden by projecting a large gold and red full moon on the ceiling. The projection was then reflected on the shiny black flooring. The exhibit runs now through August 16th.

















































Concluding Remarks

     In my opinion, this exhibit was much better than the Charles James exhibit (read my post here), and even the beloved Alexander McQueen exhibit. I usually don't purchase the accompanying book that is available to purchase after these exhibits, but I did purchase the book for this exhibit. The China: Through the Looking Glass's book is also gorgeous and has a qipao (traditional Chinese dress) red and gold textured paper cover - it's available for purchase here. I highly recommend attending this exhibit, you definitely won't be disappointed! I loved it so much, that I may go a second time!

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