Go Through The Looking Glass…

2007 Gold Lame Gown by Chinese Couturier, Guo Pei
2007 Gold Lame Gown by Chinese Couturier, Guo Pei

I just cannot shut up about NYC.

The other day I did my due diligence then laced up my Nike’s and hit Central Park.

Having the Park across the street is intoxicating. It means even when I am flying solo I have a playdate. Daily, the Park exposes a new faucet of its’ beauty and elegance.

Philip Treacy Hat
Philip Treacy Headpiece

I walked to the Metropolitan Museum of Art on 5th Avenue and 82nd Street. I was dying to see the latest costume exhibit, China: Through The Looking Glass.

Foot Apparel
Foot Apparel

I arrived moments after opening, picked the shortest entrance line and breezed in because I was unencumbered and not packing.

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Uninformed and following the path I always take to the costume exhibits, I headed through the Egyptian section and down the stairs.

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In the Anna Wintour Costume galleries, 18th-century Manchu robes, once worn by imperial emperors, hang in mirrored round glass cases at the periphery of the rooms.

Vivienne Tam Dresses
Vivienne Tam Dresses

Nearby, works by contemporary designers with embroidered bodices and jackets by the likes of Tom Ford, Laurence Xu, and Dries Van Notens, are draped on mannequins. Especially stunning was the 2004 yellow gown by Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent.

Designer Jewelry
Designer Jewelry, Including Cartier

No photos. I was approached, given a verbal spanky, thus no pictures of the downstairs exhibit. But do not despair, I was obviously successful on the other floors.

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Alert…stop right there and turn around.

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Allow me to guide you to the much more dramatic and impressive entrance.

MET Main Staircase
MET Main Staircase

Head up the grand staircase, turn right at the top and walk straight back to the mezzanine area and then turn left.

Gaultier Ensemble
Gaultier Ensemble

You have now arrived at the official entrance to China: Through The Looking Glass, spread over three floors.

House of Givenchy
House of Givenchy

The show is designed to illustrate the influence of Chinese culture on Western fashion. There are over 140 haute couture pieces on display.

Chanel
Chanel

The clothing with a preponderance of dresses from Chanel, House of Dior (John Galliano), Yves St. Laurent, Valentino and Alexander McQueen will render you speechless and green with envy.

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My favorite pieces are on the third floor. The rooms are dark and moody, but impactful.

Chinese Porcelain
Chinese Porcelain

In another impressive room, with a blue porcelain theme, several haute couture dresses are inspired by the ceramics on view, including a Li Xiaofeng dress, the only apparel in the exhibition that is unwearable. It is composed of shards of porcelain.

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Li Xiaofang Dress

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China: Through The Looking Glass is visually stunning, yet playful, mysterious, and enlightening.

Alexander McQueen and Sarah Burton
Alexander McQueen and Sarah Burton

Balenciaga

China: Through The Looking Glass runs through August 16, 2015 at the MET 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street.

This is a must see.

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