New York’s Met Store presents an exclusive collection of fashion accessories, jewelry and stationery—all commissioned by world-renowned designers—to celebrate the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Anna Wintour Costume Center and Asian Art galleries’ latest exhibition ‘China: Through the Looking Glass’.
Organized by The Costume Institute in collaboration with the Department of Asian Art, China, the exhibition explores the impact of Chinese aesthetics on Western fashion revealing how China has fueled the fashionable imagination for centuries. It draws together more than 140 examples of haute-couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear juxtaposed with film and masterpieces of Chinese costume and art, including paintings, porcelain, jade, bronze and lacquer.
Alexander McQueen, Cartier, de Gournay, Dries Van Noten, Giambattista Valli, Irene Neuwirth, Jennifer Fisher, Judith Leiber, Marc Alary, Mary Katrantzou and Stephen Jones were invited to respond creatively to the exhibition’s themes with an exclusive collection of fashion accessories, jewelry and stationery.
Inspiration for this limited-edition collection is taken from the colors of Imperial China, blue-and-white porcelain, China’s distinctive architecture, exquisite botanical paintings, the mysterious archetypal Dragon Lady, and elegant chinoiserie.
Through the dynamic lens of fashion, these design collaborations reflect the West’s continued fascination with China revealing its ongoing influence through the centuries.