Exhibit Poster: Dior Haute Couture, Looks from Christian Dior Spring 2007 Haute Couture; Louis Vuitton Spring 2011; Ralph Lauren Fall 2011; Armani Prive Fall 2011; Zac Posen Fall 2012; Dries Van Noten Fall 2012; Prada Spring 2011; Emilio Pucci Spring 2013; Valentino Fall 2013 Haute Couture; Alexander McQueen Spring 2015
The Metropolitan Museum of Art recently announced that the 2015 Costume Institute Exhibition will be (drum-roll): Chinese Whispers: Tales of the East, in Art, Film, and Fashion (May 7th-August 16, 2015) . This highly anticipated showing will feature comparisons of traditional Chinese art, cinema, and clothing with modern ensembles inspired by them. It will also take an in depth look at Western fascinations with Asia and recount prominent Chinese “Women of Style.” Asia’s decadent and vibrant culture has been a fruitful source of inspiration for all designers because its intrigue creates endless fantasies. The Met will highlight common stereotypes that designers make of Chinese dress. These stereotypes were conceived through “whispers-” a telephone-like effect where designers re-translate, and often mistranslate, Asian culture in their creations. The marvelous looks above are my best guesses as to what might be dug out of the fashion archives and displayed in the exhibit. The main goal of Chinese Whispers is to connect the world and time through “dialogues between East and West, past and present,” which is such a fascinating topic that I can’t wait to discover.