China: Through the Looking Glass

Organized by The Costume Institute in collaboration with the Department of Asian Art, this exhibition will explore the impact of Chinese aesthetics on Western fashion, and how China has fueled the fashionable imagination for centuries.
, '19th century rubbing from a 10th century stele describing a sudden illness, a stomach ache,' 19th century (rubbing)-10th century (stele), The Metropolitan Museum of Art

19th century rubbing from a 10th century stele describing a sudden illness, a stomach ache, 19th century (rubbing)-10th century (stele)

"China: Through the Looking Glass" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

, 'Evening dress,' “Shanghai” collection 2013, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Valentino S.p.A.

Evening dress, “Shanghai” collection 2013

"China: Through the Looking Glass" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

, 'Dress (John Galliano for House of Dior),' Fall/winter 1997-98, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

John Galliano

Dress (John Galliano for House of Dior), Fall/winter 1997-98

"China: Through the Looking Glass" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

, 'Evening dress,' Fall/winter 2001-2 haute couture, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Jean Paul Gaultier

Evening dress, Fall/winter 2001-2 haute couture

"China: Through the Looking Glass" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

, 'Oei Huilan (the former Madame Wellington Koo),' 1943, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Horst P. Horst

Oei Huilan (the former Madame Wellington Koo), 1943

"China: Through the Looking Glass" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

, 'Film still from "Limehouse Blues",' 1934, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Film still from "Limehouse Blues", 1934

"China: Through the Looking Glass" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

, 'Dress,' spring/summer 1995, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Vivienne Tam

Dress, spring/summer 1995

"China: Through the Looking Glass" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

, 'Jar with Dragon,' early 15th-century, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Jar with Dragon, early 15th-century

"China: Through the Looking Glass" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art