US Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour dropped by China’s capital this week to promote the opening of the Costume Institute’s upcoming Sino-inspired exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
“China: Through the Looking Glass” will be on view from May 7 to August 16, and will feature “more than 130 haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear fashions juxtaposed with traditional Chinese masterpieces in jade, lacquer, cloisonné, and blue-and-white porcelain,” the Met said in a post on its Instagram account.
Speaking with Women’s Wear Daily at her temporary digs in the lush Peninsula Hotel, Wintour (dressed in Chanel) said that she chose to unveil details for the show in Beijing in a bid to acknowledge the country that inspired it.
“We have a good tradition of going to the appropriate cities to launch these events…it’s a gesture of support and respect for whatever the subject matter of the exhibition might be,” she said. This is Wintour’s second visit to China’s capital following a trip she made in 2010 to speak at a forum at the Central Academy of Fine Arts.
Wintour, with entourage in tow, arrived at the Forbidden City on Thursday morning for a press conference that featured speakers including Met director Thomas P. Campbell, filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai and Max Baucus, the US Ambassador to China.
According to WWD, the National Silk Museum in Hangzhou will be lending a silk gown made in China and the Palace Museum will maybe loan out a court-robe that belonged to the last Chinese emperor, Puyi. Keep up the schmoozing, Anna.
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