144 years ago a man wrote a book about the dream that is life. His name was Lewis Caroll. In one of his books he said, “In a wonderland they lie, dreaming as the days go by”. Through the Looking Glass was the second book that chronicled Alice’s adventure in wonderland. This summer while in New York I experienced my own dose of wonderland. A day at the Met is enough to catapult someone to another world. One of Pharaohs and queens, emperors and lords, and in my case to China and beyond. My last trip to the Met was with the sole purpose of viewing the exhibition China – Through the Looking Glass. I was blown away by the pieces on display and found myself standing for minutes at a time in front of beautiful dresses of silk, rich in embroidery or crystals.
I apologize in advance for posting this so late because the exhibition ended three days ago. Nevertheless, I’m sure you will be able to enjoy these images and look forward to the next Met ball and exhibition. How can I explain what it feels like to be in a dim light room in the middle of New York City and feel like you’ve just been thrust into China, walking around hallways and seeing fabrics like none other. The quality and craftsmanship that went into these garments was unparalleled. Dior, Balenciaga, Lanvin. They were all inspired by one nation, China. And why this nation in particular? I will tell you their secret. When you look at one of the dresses on exhibit, you not only see a well-crafted dress made from luxurious materials, but you see history. You see passion, culture, a way of life. On the walls, projections of movies that tell stories of warriors, dancers, pain and discovery. The exhibition is bursting with life, and it’s not only the walls that speak. Every dress, every headpiece, and shoe has a story.
Stay tuned for more posts in the upcoming week! Something exciting is about to happen, hopefully, the first of many.