Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Met Gorgeous: "China: Through the Looking Glass" Exhibition, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Last week, my partner David and I went to NYC on a business trip--we had important meetings in our NY Showroom for my NV by Nick Verreos line. Naturally, since we were in New York City, we scheduled an afternoon to visit the fabulous "China: Through the Looking Glass" Exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. This is the Met's Costume Institute Spring 2015 exhibition exploring the Chinese aesthetics on Western fashion and how China has fueled the fashionable imagination for centuries. Of course, unless you are a fashionista living under an Hermes cashmere blanket, you probably saw all the hoopla surrounding the Met Ball to honor this exhibition which occurred back in May of this year.

Ready to see the Exhibition: Nick Verreos and David Paul--The Metropolitan Museum of Art NYC

The exhibition was EVERYTHING...and more! In other words: we LOVED it. I was so inspired by the sculptures, shawls, couture, ANNA MAY WONG! It is a MUST-SEE when in NY! If in NY, do not miss it. It is open until September 7th (it was extended from August 16th). Here are some photos form the exhibit.
PS: Someone in the Met's PR/Marketing office finally realized that it would benefit them to have visitors take photos (non-flash of course!) to then give the Museum--and Exhibition--some free social media publicity! The last time I visited--for the Charles James Exhibition--photos--flash and non-flash were FORBIDDEN. Anyhow, welcome to the 21st Century Social Media World,  Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Fashion Within the Glass: Images from the Metropolitan Museum of Art's "China: through the Looking Glass" Costume Institute exhibition

Golden Queen: Gold embroidered silk gown from Guo Pei Haute Couture--Metropolitan Museum of Art's "China: Through the Looking Glass" Costume Institute exhibition

Sculpture and Fashion: Metropolitan Museum of Art's "China: Through the Looking Glass" Costume Institute exhibition

Chanel and Christian Dior Haute Couture: Metropolitan Museum of Art's "China: Through the Looking Glass" Costume Institute exhibition

Robe Gorgeous: Metropolitan Museum of Art's "China: Through the Looking Glass" Costume Institute exhibition

Chanel Haute Couture: Close-up of Lesage beading on this Chanel Haute Couture coat-gown. Notice that the base is COMPLETELY covered in paillettes--from far away, it just looks like red fabric...INCREDIBLE!--Metropolitan Museum of Art's "China: Through the Looking Glass" Costume Institute exhibition

Metropolitan Museum of Art's "China: Through the Looking Glass" Costume Institute exhibition

Giambattista Valli Autumn/Winter 2013 Haute Couture: Close-up details of this Ming Dynasty Vase-inspired coat-dress-- Metropolitan Museum of Art's "China: Through the Looking Glass" Costume Institute exhibition

Christian Dior Haute Couture by John Galliano Spring/Summer 1997: Close-up of the bias seam detail (you can barely see the ONE INCH seam allowance on the bias seam)--Metropolitan Museum of Art's "China: Through the Looking Glass" Costume Institute exhibition

Valentino Dynasty: Ming Dynasty Vase-inspired gowns from Valentino --On the left is from Valentino Haute Couture circa 1960s, and one from the Valentino RTW Fall/Winter 2013 collection on the right--Metropolitan Museum of Art's "China: Through the Looking Glass" Costume Institute exhibition

Ming Dynasty Fab: Gowns on display--inspired by Ming Dynasty Vases--at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's "China: through the Looking Glass" exhibition (on the right is a Guo Pei Haute Couture strapless "fan" gown)

McQueen Pouf: Hi-lo gown from Alexander McQueen hi-lo ball gown--Metropolitan Museum of Art's "China: Through the Looking Glass" Costume Institute exhibition

Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2003 by John Galliano Tableaux: Metropolitan Museum of Art's "China: Through the Looking Glass" Costume Institute exhibition


Anna May Wong Diva: Anna May Wong was the first Chinese American movie star, born in Los Angeles, and became the first Asian American actress to gain international recognition. She was also a Style Icon, and remains so. The exhibition has an entire room devoted to her----Metropolitan Museum of Art's "China: Through the Looking Glass" Costume Institute exhibition

Jeanne Lanvin Haute Couture 1924 Robe de Style--Metropolitan Museum of Art's "China: Through the Looking Glass" Costume Institute exhibition

Golden Couture: Close-up of Yves Saint Laurent Haute Couture 1984 golden gilt embroidered silk gazar jacket and skirt, a gift of Diana Vreeland to the Met Museum--Metropolitan Museum of Art's "China: Through the Looking Glass" Costume Institute exhibition

Yves Saint Laurent "Opium" Fragrance launch sketches, 1977--Metropolitan Museum of Art's "China: Through the Looking Glass" Costume Institute exhibition

Bye Met Museum...Until Next Time--Nick Verreos and David Paul at the Metropolitan Museum of Art's "China: Through the Looking Glass" Costume Institute exhibition

Runway Fashion Show Videos which include fashion featured in the "China: through the Looking Glass" Exhibition:

Christian Dior Haute Couture by John Galliano Spring/Summer 2003 Runway Show:


Guo Pei Haute Couture The 1002th Arabian Nights Fashion Show 2010:


Valentino Ready to Wear Fall/Winter 2013/2014 Runway Show Video:


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