China: Through the Looking Glass

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A lavish exploration of the evocative and complicated fashions impressed by Chinese culture

For hundreds of years, China’s export arts—jade, silks, porcelains, and, more recently, cinema—have fueled Western fantasies of an exotic East and served as enduring sources of inspiration for fashion. This shocking publication, which accompanied one of the a hit exhibitions in The Metropolitan Museum of Art&aposs history, explores the influence of Chinese aesthetics on designers, together with Giorgio Armani, Christian Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier, Karl Lagerfeld, Ralph Lauren, Alexander McQueen, and Yves Saint Laurent. Drawing upon Chinese ornamental arts, cinema, and costume—particularly imperial court robes, the close-fitting cheongsam, and the unisex Mao suit—their designs are fantastical pastiches of anachronistic motifs. As within the game of “phone,” the method of cultural translation transforms the supply subject matter into ingeniously original fashions which might be merchandise only of the designers’ imaginations.
Similarly, recent Chinese film directors render fanciful, highly stylized evocations of more than a few epochs in China’s history—demonstrating that China’s imagery is similarly seductive to artists within the East and additional inspiring nowadays’s designers. Juxtaposing brand new fashions and picture stills with their forebears in fine and ornamental arts and historical get dressed, this book unearths the wealthy and ongoing inventive dialogue between East and West, past and present.


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