Monday, May 11, 2015

China Through the Looking Glass Press Preview Presentation

This is my 4th press preview for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's spring fashion exhibit and it never gets old. Seeing that red carpet be installed for the gala that evening, makes you smile. I actually got to walk on it one year, as they had it going all through into the museum. Oh so darn cool! 
I love this space, the Temple of Dendur in The Sackler Wing. Built about 15 B.C. by the Roman emperor Augustus, who had succeeded Cleopatra VII, the last of the Ptolemaic rulers of Egypt, the temple was dedicated to the great goddess Isis and to two sons of a local Nubian ruler who had aided the Romans in their wars with the queen of Meroe to the south. Just too good to be true!! 
From the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Website: 

Location: Chinese Galleries (206–222) and the Anna Wintour Costume Center (980–981)

This exhibition explores the impact of Chinese aesthetics on Western fashion and how China has fueled the fashionable imagination for centuries. In this collaboration between The Costume Institute and the Department of Asian Art, high fashion is 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 features more than 140 examples of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear alongside Chinese art. Filmic representations of China are 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.

They had a wide variety of breakfast goodies for the press folks, served on china as well ! 
The folks for this press presentation were more friendly than in the past. I am getting more used to attending these events, alone, and feel more comfortable with each exhibit. Photographers especially can be quite rough, which upsets me because I look up to them and their work, but you have to just stick to your guns and do your best. 
Suzy Menkes was there in full swing, and that signature hairstyle of hers! How great is it to be original ? I hate wearing the same thing everyone else has......on to originality! 
Thomas P. Campbell, Direct and CEO, The Metropolitan Museum of Art 
Melissa Mayer, President and CEO, Yahoo 
Maxwell K. Hearn, Douglas Dillon Chairman, Department of Asian Art 
Andrew Bolton, Curator, The Costume Institute 
Wong Kar Wai, Exhibition Artistic Director 
When Anna Wintour herself is in the house, at a fashion event, it tends to get a bit insane! 
After everyone spoke, there were some photo ops for everyone, if you were lucky enough to get near the speakers. I always say at these events, patience is of most importance. 
Melissa Mayer and Thomas P. Campbell 
If you wait a bit, you get your chance! 
How cool are these ladies? Talk about being original, do your own thing and don't care what anyone else thinks! I love it !! 
Many folks enjoyed the breakfast items along with coffee, tea and juice 

Suzy Menkes taking notes the old fashioned way with Andrew Bolton 
After much waiting, I did get my shot of Anna Wintour. She looked just perfect, I loved the dress and the necklaces as well. I don't feel the shades are really needed indoors, but it is her signature! 

I hope you enjoyed this little peek of the presentation for the press. Tomorrow I will show some of the amazing exhibit, China: Through the Looking Glass, which runs until August 16, 2015. It is a MUST see for sure! 


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