• Met's China: Through the Looking Glass show presents a fantasy of the far east

    2 monthes ago - By The Guardian

    Ahead of its annual gala, the Met's Costume Institute risks accusations of cultural appropriation to explore how ideas of China have inspired fashion, art and film Nestled inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art, alongside Chinese Buddhist sculptures from the seventh to 18th centuries, sits a stunning haute couture gold lamé gown by designer Guo Pei. The resplendent strapless gown barely calls to mind the compassion and spiritual wisdom anchoring Buddhist enlightenment, but clearly portrays the complicated political and cultural position the museum's Costume Institute has put itself in ahead...
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