On Monday May 4, 2015 the crossroads between high fashion, art, and entertainment better known at the Met Gala took place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The annual fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute has become one of the biggest nights in the fashion industry.
This year the red carpet event turned costume parade attracted Hollywoods finest donning haute couture gowns to celebrate this years exhibit theme, "China: Through the Looking Glass" Met Gala Co-Chairs (Left to Right) Anna Wintour, Jennifer Lawrence, Marissa Mayer, Gong Li, and Wendi Murdoch Rihanna in Gou Pei Lady Gaga in Balenciaga "China: Through the Looking Glass"examines the indelible influence of Chinese culture on the modern western world through a dazzling collection of over 130 haute couture and ready-to-wear looks, historical artwork and artifacts, and avant-garde film. The expansive exhibition occupies both the Anna Wintour Costume Center and the Chinese Galleries located directly above.(Left to Right) Early 15th Century porcelain jar, Satin gown by Roberto Cavalli, Silk organza Ming-inspired dress by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen (Left to Right) Sequined evening dress by Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent, 19th Century silk metalic-thread tapestry woman's robe In collaboration with "China: Through the Looking Glass" the visual innovators over at Bergdorf Goodman are currently celebrating "The China Influence" a new window retrospective which seamlessly fuses together couture fashion designs and antiquities inspired by China and the far east. According to Bergdorf Goodman "Each window setting creates a different atmosphere, and evokes a different period from ancient to modern. To achieve each atmosphere, hand selected props include a collection of Chinese gongs in a variety of styles, a custom mosaic backdrop, and antique Chinese furniture on loan from Abhaya, one of New YorkÂ’s most significant dealers in Chinese antiques." Imperial China inspired Gongs along side (Left to Right) Proenza Schouler, Dries Van Noten, Emilio Pucci, Jason Wu, Dries Van Noten Custom mosaic dragon backdrop made of shards of Blue and White Porcelain, (Left to Right) Julien Macdonald, Roberto Cavalli, Julien Macdonald Historical antiques provided by Abhaya compliment looks by (Left to Right) J. Mendel, Valentino, Zac Posen (Fur by J. Mendel) Oscar De La Renta Vintage inspired Shanghai Posters surround (Left to Right) Mary Katrantzou, Julien Macdonald, Oscar De La Renta, Naeem Khan, Etro Modern day 21st Century China explodes in auspicious Red (Left To Right) Julien Macdonald, CD Greene, Armani PriveThe Costume InstituteÂ’s "China: Through the Looking Glass" is on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from May 7 through August 16, 2015. Visit www.metmuseum.org/ChinaLookingGlass for more information. "The China Influence" retrospective is currently on display at Bergdorf Goodman 754 Fifth Ave, NY 10019.