China Through the Looking Glass

China Through the Looking Glass

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China Through the Looking Glass, Fashion, Film, Art
Andrew Bolton
Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, 2015

For centuries, 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 stunning publication, which accompanied one of the most successful exhibitions in The Metropolitan Museum of Art's history, explores the influence of Chinese aesthetics on designers, including Christian Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier, Alexander McQueen, and Yves Saint Laurent. As in the game of “telephone,” the process of cultural translation transforms the source material into ingeniously original fashions that are products solely of the designers’ imaginations. In a similar way, contemporary Chinese film directors render fanciful, highly stylized evocations of various epochs in China’s history—demonstrating that China’s imagery is equally seductive to artists in the East and further inspiring today’s designers. Juxtaposing modern fashions and film stills with their forebears in fine and decorative arts and historical dress, this book reveals the rich and ongoing creative dialogue between East and West, past and present.

English - 256 Pages - 24.1 cm x 3.8 cm x 28.6 cm - 1.9 kg
ISBN: 9780300211122

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