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Celebrate chinoiserie

The famed annual Met Ball may be known best for the celebrity set showing off their designer ensembles on the red carpet, but the event also marks the opening of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's major costume exhibition. Created by the museum's Costume Institute in collaboration with the Department of Asian Art, this year the exhibition focuses on the influence of Chinese aesthetic on Western fashion. Dubbed China: Through the Looking Glass, the exhibition offers well over 100 examples of haute couture items specifically influenced by Chinese art from the 18th Century until today. https://twitter.com/metmuseum/status/595260922983272448 Intricate works of porcelain, elaborate needlework on vibrantly coloured silk, and even the designs in Chinese architecture carry through, defining what we know as chinoiserie in Western works. https://twitter.com/metmuseum/status/595238781424377856 The exhibition is on in New York at the Met Costume Institute from 7 May to 16 August. Learn more about it here. #ChinaLookingGlass