Vogue magazine editor Anna Wintour returned to Beijing for the first time since 2010 to promote the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 2015 Anna Wintour Costume Center exhibition, “China: Through the Looking Glass.”
The exhibit’s details were unveiled in Beijing as an acknowledgment to the country that inspired it.
“We have a good tradition of going to the appropriate cities to launch these events…it’s a gesture of support and respect for whatever the subject matter of the exhibition might be,” Wintour told Women’s Wear Daily.
The exhibit will launch May 7th, three days after the celebrity gala hosted by Michael Kors and Tommy Hilfiger investor Silas Chou, which is expected to be attended by Jennifer Lawrence and Gong Li.
Once launched, “China: Through the Looking Glass” will investigate the impact of Chinese art and film on Western designers.
The Costume Institute’s chief curator, Andrew Bolton, said of China’s influence, “Bertolucci’s film ‘The Last Emperor’ has had a huge influence on Western designers and that image of the young emperor in the court robe has become so iconic in the West.” He added that Wong Kar-Wai’s “In The Mood for Love” will also be heavily used in the exhibition.
Not only does the Met hope to receive more Chinese donations, which are already sizable, but the trip also gave the museum a chance to secure original Chinese pieces for the show. Hangzhou’s National Silk Museum may lend a Chinese-made silk dressing gown that was originally sold at Liberty’s of London, and the Palace Museum may lend a court robe belonging to China’s last emperor, Puyi, to the exhibit.
Wintour, along with Bolton, also used the Beijing trip to meet several of China’s most important fashion designers, meeting Masha Ma, Lawrence Xu, Guo Pei, Ma Ke, and Uma Wang.
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