On May 4th 2015, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York held it’s annual grand Ball event, in tribute of high fashion: “Met Gala-2015” with impressive success.
The biggest fashion extravaganza of the year is “The Annual Costume Institute Gala”, sometimes called the New York’s Oscars, because of the star-studded red carpet, that brings together about 600 distinguished guests and impressive fashion moguls, such as: Power Chou, Jennifer Lawrence and Anna Wintour. Hollywood stars, Madonna, Rihanna, George Clooney and wife, invited amongst many other famous guests.
This celebration is marked as the grand opening of this year’s events, and it is called: “China” – Through the Looking Glass” and it was organized by the Costume Institute and the Department of Asian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibit will be presented through August 16, 2015.
The spring exhibition explores the impact of Chinese aesthetics on Western fashion, and display how China has shaped and inspired imagination of worldly fashion moguls for centuries. It exquisitely demonstrates High Fashion together with historic Chinese costumes, paintings, porcelains, jade and other art, including films, revealing enchanting reflections of Chinese imagery. This exhibition spotlights the work of cinematic talent through the lens of acclaimed film director and artistic director, Wong Kar Wai. With more than 140 examples of haute couture and avant-garde, ready-to-wear masterpieces, alongside of Chinese art, this promises to be one of The Costume Institute’s most ambitious exhibitions to this date.
As a vivid example, attendees admire amazingly fabulous Yves Saint Laurent gown by Tom Ford, 2004, inspired by The Dragon Robe worn by Puyi (1906-1967) – the last Chinese emperor during his inauguration in 1908. Also, in display is a blue-and-white Chanel beaded gown by Karl Lagerfeld, 1984 and Roberto Cavalli gown (2005) whose patterns reflect Chinese porcelain art.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art is dedicated to inspire and delight the global audience, exploring the world of fashion and art with both, an aesthetic passion and a beloved pastime. The significance of these cultural events is a big part of the exhibition and creates a parallel in the history of Fashion, including ancient Ukrainian works and traditions. This particular display includes authentic clothing samples, including embroidery, long known to historical specialists and scientists, and to the famous international fashion designers, who look at the extremely bright, ancient ornaments for their creative inspiration. Today, unique fashion collections include traditional Ukrainian embroidery gowns, conquering numerous podiums in Paris, New York and Milan.
Just a few weeks ago, “fashion bible” American Vogue, published an article called: Ukrainian embroidery – one of the most exciting main trends of the season.
The fashion curators around the world portray the current interest in Ukrainian culture as something much more than simply a passing phenomenon in current fashion.
As rightly proclaimed in Vogue, “Traditional Ukrainian embroidery breathes and weaves the idea of unification, in both the East and West, and spans the generations and historical periods across thousands of years”.
By continuing to draw inspiration from our style of ornamentation, global designers pay tribute to the enduring majesty of Ukrainian culture.
Famous Ukrainian storyteller, Sashko Lirnyk, expressed his perception of emotional significance of Ukrainian embroidery, “Embroidery is a Ukrainian soul inside out”.
Through the efforts of many generations of researchers, antiquities preserved rich Ukrainian heritage, evidence of belonging to the European and world culture, it remains a popular source of creative inspiration for local and foreign artists, sculptors, painters, writers and filmmakers.
Director of FRAC & The Museum of Trypillia, NY, Iryna Forostyan.
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