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Title China : through the looking glass / Andrew Bolton with John Galliano [and 5 others] ; photography by Platon.

Published New York The Metropolitan Museum of Art, [2015]
New Haven London Distributed by Yale University Press, [2015]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  746.92 CHIN    DUE 14-10-19
Physical description 255 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour) ; 28 cm
Notes Published in conjunction with an exhibition held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, from May 7 through August 16, 2015.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Director's foreword -- A note on film and fashion / by Wong Kar Wai -- A dialogue between East and West / by Maxwell K. Hearn -- Toward an aesthetic of surfaces by Andrew Bolton -- A chamber of whispers / by Adam Geczy -- Fashioning China / by Harold Koda -- Imagery of Chinese dress by / Mei Mei Rado -- Cinema's virtual Chinas / by Homay King -- Emperor to citizen -- Imperial China -- Nationalist China -- Communist China -- Empire of signs -- Enigmatic bodies -- Enigmatic spaces -- Enigmatic objects -- John Galliano in conversation with Andrew Bolton -- List of illustrations -- Selected bibliography and filmography.
Summary Summary: "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 explores the influence of Chinese aesthetics on designers, including Giorgio Armani, Christian Dior, Jean Paul Gaultier, Karl Lagerfeld, Ralph Lauren, Alexander McQueen, and Yves Saint Laurent. Drawing upon Chinese decorative arts, cinema, and costume--notably imperial court robes, the close-fitting cheongsam, and the unisex Mao suit--their designs are fantastical pastiches of anachronistic motifs. 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." -- Publisher's description.
Notes Binding: gold- stamped silk cover and Chinese- fold pages intermixed with translucent, printed vellum overlays.
Other author Bolton, Andrew, 1966- author.
Galliano, John, author.
Platon, 1968- photographer.
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.), issuing body, host institution.
Subject Galliano, John. -- Interviews.
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.) -- Exhibitions.
Fashion design -- Europe -- Chinese influences -- Exhibitions.
Fashion design -- Europe -- History -- 20th century -- Exhibitions.
Fashion designers -- Europe -- Exhibitions.
Art, Chinese -- Influence -- Exhibitions.
Art -- New York (State) -- New York -- Exhibitions.
Variant Title China through the looking glass : fashion, film, art.
Standard Number 99963833093
ISBN 9780300211122 (paperback)