China through the Looking Glass

The 2015 Met Gala, “China: through the looking Glass,” was a display of the stunningly beautiful influence China has had over Western art and fashion. The chosen theme was in recognition of the 100 year anniversary of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Department of Asian Art and was only the second time two departments - in this case the Costume Institute and the Department of Asian Art - collaborated for the annual event.

Formerly the Costume Institute Benefit Gala, the Met Ball is the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute's fundraising gala. It marks the opening of the Costume Institutes annual fashion exhibit and is widely considered to be the "biggest night in fashion." For full coverage of the events fashions visit Vogue.

The exhibition included more than 140  haute couture and avant-garde fashions from titans such as Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen, Christina Dior, Tom Ford for Yves Saint Laurent, John Galliano, Jean Paul Gaultier, Marc Jacobs for Louis Vuitton, and Valentino's Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli.

Wong Kar Wai, acclaimed Chinese film director and the exhibitions artistic director, wove these ensembles through the exhibit in company with films, jade, lacquer, cloisonné and porcelain masterpieces of Chinese art.  

Our complete adoration for the events events decor can be seen in The Met Gala 2015: A Chinoiserie Lovers Dream. Below are several of our favorite exhibit pieces, photographed by Steven Meisel for Vogue, and paired with complementary deGournay backdrops.

For a full overview of the exhibition visit the Met Museum