met gala 2015

It is that time of year once again for one of the biggest fashion fetes of the year - the Met Gala 2015. This year the theme and exhibition title is China: Through the Looking GlassThe gala is this evening and is sure to delight sartorial senses. If you did not get an invite, no fear, member previews are Tuesday and Wednesday with the exhibition opening to the public on May 7th. The exhibition will run through August 16th. 

One thing I find particularly interesting about this year's exhibit is that it will incorporate artifacts from other areas of the museum. Here is some additional information about the exhibition from the Met:

Location: Chinese Galleries and the Anna Wintour Costume Center

This exhibition, organized by The Costume Institute in collaboration with the Department of Asian Art, will explore the impact of Chinese aesthetics on Western fashion, and how China has fueled the fashionable imagination for centuries. High fashion will be 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 will feature more than one hundred examples of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear alongside Chinese art. Filmic representations of China will be incorporated throughout to reveal how our visions of China are framed by narratives that draw upon popular culture, and also to recognize the importance of cinema as a medium through which to understand the richness of Chinese history.

Here are a few of my favorite images available from the preview:

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I am looking forward to viewing the exhibition and seeing how the curators collaborated in sharing this story. In the meantime, I expect to see saturated red gowns, intricate floral embroidery, and perhaps a silk jacket or two at the gala this evening. Stay tuned to my Tumblr page, visionner, for my favorite looks from the gala on Wednesday!