Lasting Motifs

“China: Through the Looking Glass” is a spectacular exhibition opening this month at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The show compiles dresses by esteemed Western designers including John Galliano and Alexander McQueen, whose designs were influenced by Chinese motifs including the traditional lotus blossom, the dragon lady and more. Among the dresses are clothing and artifacts dating back 5000 years to the Ming Empire- just to help you put things into context. Silk, flower embellishments and pagoda-inspired, multi-tiered dresses help to create the mysterious, sexy and influential aesthetic of Chinese art and design. From color to motif and silhouette, home decor follows suit.

Alexander McQueen, Autumn 2006

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Samarkand Area Rug: The centerfield showcases a Chinese floral pattern in appealing rust and celadon hues


Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture Autumn 2001Screen shot 2015-04-29 at 6.35.59 PM

Dasia Carpet: Inspired by a 19th century Chinese carpet.

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Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring 1997

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Mandarin Lamp: The carving on the Mandarin lamp depicts the ancient Chinese dragon’s pearl fable.

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Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring 2009

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“Dragon Lamp”: Traditional Chinese Blue and white pattern appied to a modern oval shaped body.

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