Posted by Laura Katherine Smith
Few things beat being home in NYC in the summertime; the urban metropolis calms as the temperatures fluctuate from bearable to an elevated blazing balminess! An opportunity to step outside for a stroll or subway ride to The Metropolitan Museum of Art is well worth it especially with their latest exhibit, China: Through the Looking Glass. This exhibit amasses not only in the Anna Wintour Costume Center, it spreads out within the museum in to the Chinese and Egyptian galleries.
This is one of the larger exhibits the museum has put on and it is doing such in a way that pays homage to the "influence of Chinese culture on Western fashion". Approaching the main area of the exhibit in the lower levers as the Costume Center, you are greeted by red walls, representing a mainstream perception of the traditional color of China, embracing visitors for an inkling of what's to come.
Perfectly curated in mirrored displays, traditional Chinese shawls are hung with an article of clothing that draws inspiration from Western designers. The likes of Tom Ford, Valentino, Alexander McQueen, Fendi, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and so many brilliant designers graced the exhibit with magical pieces plucked from their years of collections. The mastery of thought, detailing, design and execution brings a certain enlightenment of style to the minds of those who may have been skeptical or even greater appreciation for lovers of fashion, art, style, design and beyond.
The places and moments where art and inspiration can be curated and placed in such a resonating existence can perhaps help designers of all trades fuel their psyche. I can't help but share some of the incredible moments from my visit to one of my favorite museums...