Monday, July 27, 2015

Museum Monday -- "China: Through the Looking Glass"

Though I often go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, I rarely, if ever, go to the exhibits put on by the Costume Institute. There always seems to be a special exhibit that is about to close that I opt to see. I thought that "China: Through the Looking Glass" would be one more that I wouldn't see, but fortunately it was at the top of my friend Nancy's list, and we arrived early today to see it. I can't begin to thank Nancy enough for her choice. I've been to many special exhibits, but I will long remember this one as memorable and beautiful.

 The exhibit juxtaposed classic pieces -- the beautiful robe in the center of the photo -- with modern designer pieces and movie costumes. The tuxedo jacket on the left was designed by Ralph Lauren. The settings were striking and frequently incorporated film clips and art from the Museum's permanent collection.

I was taken with this extraordinary black evening dress that was designed with the simple lines of a traditional Chinese dress, yet with a very modern twist.
This perfect afternoon tea dress, circa 1956, uses fabric modeled on an antique Chinese print.  Nancy and I agreed that if we went to teas or elegant lunches this would be the dress we would want to wear. Its lines and fabric are timeless.

There were some dresses that were never meant for anyone to actually wear and this is one of them. The top of the dress is made of shards of blue and white china and the skirt is a mass of ruffles. I think one twirl down the runway would be the extent of its wear. This room shared costumes with pieces of blue and white porcelain from the permanent collection. 
There were so many extraordinary settings and outfits that I took pictures until my phone was no longer able to take one more picture. It was hard to choose for this post, but happily there are several photos of pink items and I think I've found my inspiration for this week's Pink Saturday. I hope you won't mind a return visit. 
I've got a fun surprise for the week ahead. I'm not sure if I will be able to take photos, but if I can there will be excitement unbounding to share. Hint: Is anyone else a fan of the Chevy Chase "Vacation" movies? Is anyone else eager for the remake opening this weekend?
As ever, thanks for visiting and have a sweet week! 


Anonymous said...

Hi Carol, So happy you attended this and shared your photos. I look forward to seeing more of the lovely displays on Pink Saturday. Wishing you a good evening.

Anne Payne said...

If I ever make it to New York I want to go to the museum, too! What a great display of fashion. I love the gold dress in the black dresses photo, and I agree about the Tea Dress...definitely would want to wear that one. :) Thanks for sharing your trip to the museum, Carol!

The Cranky said...

Stunning exhibit; I would have been fascinated... can't wait for Saturday. =)

Theresa said...

I am watching GMA and they are talking about that movie:) Looks hilarious! LOVE the exhibits, beautiful way to spend a day! Enjoy your day dear friend!

Melinda said...

It is fun when tbe unexpected turns
out to be pleasant.

Great exhibit!

M : )


A fabulous exhibit for sure. Love the tuxedo. It's my favorite.