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Fashion Chinese Take-out: Top 5 MET Gala Looks
The Met Gala, formally called the Costume Institute Gala and also known as the Met Ball, is an annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City. It marks the grand opening of the Costume Institute’s annual fashion exhibit. The theme of this year is “China: Through The Looking Glass.”
As a Chinese person, I am quite honored and proud of this event! There was virtually no fashion industry in China as recent as 40 years ago and now China is the hottest fashion goods market. China has come a long way!
I was born and raised in China and now I have lived in America more than 8 years. I think those experiences gave me a unique point of view for fashion in both of these very different countries. I know there are a lot of lists out there about who was the best dressed at the Met Gala that night. But here are my own personal list.
When people think about Chinese style, they usually think about clothes like these below.
This type of colorful usually silk dresses are called QI BAO. They were developed from our last imperial period. Actually there are many different style clothes from all the different dynasties. The most widely known is the kimono. Wait a minute, you say, that’s Japanese! You are right, they are the Japanese cultural symbol nowadays. But they were originally from the Tang Dynasty. But the Chinese already moved on from there and the kimono was forgotten in China. We have to give the Japanese credit for keeping this history alive.
For this year’s MET Gala, there were many celebrities who didn’t follow the theme to honor Chinese culture. But there were a lot that did! I give a big thumbs up to all those who put in the effort and tried to interpret their own Chinese inspiration. But I will bow (another Japanese custom that got it’s start in China!) to those who really found the core of Chinese cultural influnces and showed us a unique look!
Here is my top 5 list and I will tell you why:
Here is the inspiration—A painting of one of the kings during the Qing Dynasty.
If somebody had worn this type of clothes in China about 150 years ago, it would have gotten them the death penalty. The yellow dragon print was only allowed for the kings. They believed they were the son the dragons. Again, in Asian culture, the dragon is not evil but it is the symbol of power and authority. Rihanna projected this look so beautifully but it is still too literally thinking of Chinese cultural influence. Basically she just changed a male’s gown to a women’s gown.
Here is the inspiration—Chinese traditional edges
I am not a fan of Kim Kardashian but I do love this dress and the thinking behind the design. Using the traditional edges design with a classic western style sheer dress is a pretty smart choice.
Here is the inspiration—Chinese paper cutting
Finally we are talking about a higher level of thinking. Not just a twist on the style of traditional clothes, but instead looking for inspirations from other Chinese cultural symbols. Red is the lucky color for Chinese and the paper cutting feature is so pretty on Jessica Hart’s dress!
Here is the inspiration—Chinese porcelain
I adore this dress very much because it is really thinking outside the box a lot! The prints, the color and the shape are just so modern and arty.
Here is the inspiration—the Forbidden City
I put Fan Bing Bing’s dress above everybody else’s, and not because she is Chinese. I don’t play favorites that way! There were a lot of Chinese who didn’t “get it” either. They either still wore the traditional Qi Pao or just simply ignored the theme. Which is a shame for me. There were quite a few designers that already have looks that are inspired from the paper cutting or porcelain. But there are none who ever used the Forbidden City as inspiration for a night gown design. There is another reason I like this dress; the designer didn’t use the traditional (and easy choice) color red, but turned to the secondary lucky colors for Chinese, gold and green.
Who was on your top 5 list? Share them below on the comment’s area! 🙂
Here is my new look for today, enjoy!
SHOP MY LOOK:
Black blazer @old from China
Black crop top @Guess
Mirror sunglass @TJ Maxx
Brown bag @Michael Kors
White skinny jeans @Max Studio
Brown sandals @Nordstrom Rack @Guess
Bracelets @My Arm Charms/The shopping Bag/Rocksbox
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