Stylight.com Will Provide a Pop-Up Luxury Shuttle Bus Service during New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016 Fashion Shows

Stylight.com, the fastest-growing, international fashion discovery platform that combines content with commerce to provide 6,000,000+ users with a curated selection of the latest fashion trends and inspiration, will be providing luxury shuttle services during New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016 Shows from September 10-13, 2015.

Founded in November 2008, Stylight is the brainchild of four friends, who have complementary backgrounds in economics, computer science, electrical engineering and business administration. These four visionaries have created one of the fastest-growing online platforms in the world. Combining global inspiration with innovative online shopping technology, Stylight takes its users through a world of fashion to discover the latest trends, while shopping the hottest products and brands in one convenient place. With 350+ partner shops and over 6,000 brands under its arsenal, Stylight collaborates with major e-commerce players, like Net-A-Porter, Moda Operandi, Asos, Bergdorf Goodman, Zappos, and Neiman Marcus to name a few.

The company has evolved from a small, German start-up to a global fashion discovery platform. Currently, Stylight has over 6 million users globally, and is available in 14 countries, with offices in New York, London and Munich.

After five consecutive years, Lincoln Center is no longer home to New York Fashion Week. Now, with the show being separated into two venues across the city, show attendees will be forced to split their time between Soho and Midtown to see the latest spring/summer collections. Poised to alleviate transportation stress, Stylight will be on-site at Skylight Clarkson Square and Skylight Moynihan Station providing a complimentary luxury shuttle bus service to transport attendees to and from both locations.

Upon entering the luxury shuttles, passengers will have the opportunity to lounge on leather seats, jam out to a 90’s-inspired soundtrack, recharge phone batteries, utilize free Wi-Fi, and receive Stylight ‘Survival Kits’ equipped with favorites from Rituals Cosmetics, Norma Kamali, AHAlife, LUNA, EBoost, Poketo, boscia, Rifle Paper Co., Alive & Radiant, Fromm Beauty and more.

In partnership with MANGO, Stylight will also unveil an exclusive social giveaway, where show attendees will have the opportunity to win a $1,000 gift card to mango.com inside the shuttle.

The rides are first come, first serve, with luxury shuttle services on-site at 330 W 33rd Street and 550 Washington Street. Only rides to and from these locations will be permitted. For more information on Stylight and/or event information, go to www.Stylight.com, and follow @Stylight and #SurvivedInStylight

A Changing of The Guard at The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Harold Koda to Step Down After Leading Met Museum’s Costume Institute for 15 Years

Andrew Bolton to Become Curator In Charge of the Department

Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, announced today that Harold Koda, who has been Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute since 2000, will step down on January 8, 2016. Campbell also announced that Andrew Bolton, currently a Curator in the department, will become Curator in Charge of The Costume Institute upon Mr. Koda’s departure.

During his time at the Met, Harold has brought great change to the department, including the transfer of the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection to the Museum, and the two-year renovation and reopening of its space as the Anna Wintour Costume Center last year,” said Mr. Campbell. “He has led his talented team in contributing to the field of costume in groundbreaking ways including landmark acquisitions, exhibitions, and publications.”

He continued: “I am certain that Andrew, known for his extraordinary creativity and scholarship, will carry on Harold’s tradition of curatorial excellence. His rigorous research and innovative approach to installation make him a visionary curator and a great collaborator with colleagues both within and beyond the Museum.”

Harold Koda

Since rejoining the Met in 2000, Mr. Koda’s exhibitions have included Goddess (2003), Dangerous Liaisons (2004), Poiret: King of Fashion (2007), Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations (2012), Charles James: Beyond Fashion (May 2014), and the upcoming Jacqueline de Ribes: The Art of Style. His tenure is highlighted by the transfer of the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection to the Met in January 2009 and the reopening of The Costume Institute’s space after a two-year renovation in May 2014 as the Anna Wintour Costume Center.

In his earlier tenure at the Met as Associate Curator, Koda worked closely with the late Richard Martin, then Curator in Charge, on 12 acclaimed exhibitions, including Diana Vreeland: Immoderate Style (1993), Madame Grès (1994), and Christian Dior (1996). Koda has co-authored 20 books, including 12 landmark catalogues for Met exhibitions. He lectures widely and contributes scholarly articles to many publications.

Prior to rejoining the Metropolitan, Mr. Koda served as co-curator of Giorgio Armani (2000) at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. Mr. Koda worked for 11 years at the Edward C. Blum Design Laboratory of the Fashion Institute of Technology as Associate Curator, and Curator in the costume collection, and then as Director of the Design Laboratory, from 1979 to 1992. He was the curator of Balenciaga (1986), and worked on exhibitions including Jocks and Nerds (1989), Splash! (1990), and Halston: Absolute Modernism (1991), with Mr. Martin, and occasionally with Laura Sinderbrand. Earlier, he was an Exhibition Assistant to the Costume Institute’s Special Consultant, Diana Vreeland, working on Met exhibitions, including The Glory of Russian Costume (1976) and Vanity Fair (1977).

Born in Honolulu, he graduated from the University of Hawaii with a B.A., and a B.F.A. in Art History. He also studied at the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, and received his Masters degree in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University in 2000.

Mr. Koda received special awards from the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 1986 and 1997, the Costume Society of America Richard Martin Award for Poiret: King of Fashion in 2007, and the Fashion Group International Oracle Award in 2009.

Andrew Bolton

Andrew Bolton joined The Costume Institute in 2002, as Associate Curator, and was named Curator in 2006. He has worked closely with Harold Koda and independently, on exhibitions including Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the 18th Century (2004), Chanel (2005), AngloMania: Tradition and Transgression in British Fashion (2006), Poiret: King of Fashion (2007), Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy (2008), American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity (2010), Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (2011), Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations (2012), Punk: Chaos to Couture (2013), and China: Through the Looking Glass (2015).

The China: Through the Looking Glass exhibition, curated by Mr. Bolton, closed on Monday after attracting 815,992 visitors, surpassing The Costume Institute’s prior most popular show on Alexander McQueen, which drew which attracted 661,509 visitors. Both exhibitions are among the Museum’s top ten most visited, with China at number five, and Alexander McQueen at number nine.

Mr. Bolton has authored and co-authored more than 12 books, lectures widely, and contributes scholarly articles to many publications.

Prior to joining the Metropolitan, Mr. Bolton worked at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London for nine years, as Senior Research Fellow in Contemporary Fashion, and prior to that as Curatorial Assistant in the Far Eastern Department. During this period, he also curated exhibitions at the London College of Fashion.

Born in Great Britain, he earned a B.A. and an M.A. in Non-Western Art from the University of East Anglia. In 2007, he became a Visiting Professor at the University of the Arts in London. He has received several awards, including the 2015 Vilcek Prize in Fashion, the Best Design Show from the International Association of Art Critics for Poiret (with Harold Koda) and for Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty. For the Superheroes catalogue, he received the AIGA Design Award and the Independent Publisher Book Award, both in 2009.

The Costume Institute

The Costume Institute’s collection of more than 35,000 costumes and accessories represents five continents and seven centuries of fashionable dress, regional costumes, and accessories for men, women, and children, from the 15th century to the present. It combines the department’s holdings with the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection, and constitutes the single largest and most comprehensive costume collection in the world, offering an unrivaled timeline of Western fashion history.

The Costume Institute began as the Museum of Costume Art, an independent entity formed in 1937 and led by Neighborhood Playhouse founder Irene Lewisohn. In 1946, with the financial support of the fashion industry, the Museum of Costume Art merged with The Metropolitan Museum of Art as The Costume Institute, and in 1959 became a curatorial department. The legendary fashion arbiter Diana Vreeland, who served as special consultant from 1972 until her death in 1989, created a memorable suite of exhibitions, including The World of Balenciaga (1973), The Glory of Russian Costume (1976), and Vanity Fair (1977), galvanizing audiences and setting the standard for costume exhibitions globally.

In 1989, Richard Martin took the helm, with the support of Harold Koda (now Curator in Charge), and began a rotating cycle of thematic exhibitions. Martin’s tenure culminated in Rock Style, the last exhibition before his death in 1999.

The redesigned Costume Institute space opened on May 8, 2014, after a two-year renovation as the Anna Wintour Costume Center with the exhibition Charles James: Beyond Fashion. The complex includes the Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Gallery, the main showcase space with a flexible design that lends itself to frequent transformation with the latest video, sound, and wireless technology. The Center also includes the Carl and Iris Barrel Apfel Gallery to orient visitors to The Costume Institute’s exhibitions and holdings. Behind the scenes is a state-of-the-art costume conservation laboratory; an expanded study/storage facility to house the combined holdings of the Met and the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection; and The Irene Lewisohn Costume Reference Library, one of the world’s foremost fashion libraries.

“The Art Of Pink” At The Peninsula Hotels Showcases Pink-Themed Art By Global Artists; Plus Inventive Dining And Events To Raise Funds For Global Breast Cancer Charities

The Peninsula Hotels in Asia, North America and Europe are again thinking pink for a purpose this October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Marking its fifth anniversary in 2015, the Peninsula In Pink Charitable Initiative is undergoing a creative makeover to become “The Art of Pink.” In keeping with The Peninsula’s global commitment to the arts, each hotel will exhibit specially commissioned pink-inspired artworks by acclaimed global artists, including internationally celebrated photographer Chen Man in Shanghai, renowned Chinese contemporary painter and installation artist Qin Feng in Beijing, Thailand’s best-known cartoonist Chiratorn Chirapravati in Bangkok, internationally recognized Peruvian artist Grimanesa Amorós in New York, French sculptor Nathalie Decoster in Paris, and prominent Korean artist Choi Jeong Hwa in Chicago.

“The Art of Pink” at The Peninsula Hotels, designed to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer charities in the hotels' local communities. (All Images Courtesy of The Peninsula Hotels Communications Department)

“The Art of Pink” at The Peninsula Hotels, designed to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer charities in the hotels’ local communities. (All Images Courtesy of The Peninsula Hotels Communications Department)

The pink masterpieces exclusively created for Peninsula will be exhibited at each hotel and auctioned, with the proceeds donated to local breast cancer charities.

Supporting innovative public art around the world is an ongoing commitment at The Peninsula Hotels. The Art of Pink Campaign builds on the partnerships each hotel has created with leading art museums, galleries and private collectors to provide guests with privileged access to groundbreaking art by established global masters and emerging local artists.

French sculptor Nathalie Decoster

French sculptor Nathalie Decoster (All Images Courtesy of The Peninsula Hotels Communications Department)

Internationally celebrated Chinese photographer Chen Man

Internationally celebrated Chinese photographer Chen Man (All Images Courtesy of The Peninsula Hotels Communications Department)

Highlights of The Art of Pink in 2015 also include pink-themed gala fundraising events featuring charitable auctions of the pink art masterpieces, plus special Peninsula dining and spa promotions and exclusive items donated by partner brands. Each Peninsula hotel will adopt its own creative theme for the event. Examples of giving back in a fun way include The Peninsula Bangkok teaming up with selected independent restaurants to present an evening of fine cocktails and cuisine in a pop-up format, and The Peninsula Hong Kong partnering with leading global auction house Christie’s for a first-of-its-kind gala and live auction of pink-themed luxury items.

A popular part of every Peninsula in Pink campaign is the Pink Afternoon Tea. This October, guests at The Lobby of each hotel will relish a creatively themed The Art of Pink Peninsula Afternoon Tea, featuring rose-tinted sweet and savory treats served on a tiered silver platter, and accompanied by rosé wines and 252767bubbles.

Guests at Peninsula hotels can also participate by purchasing the specially commissioned pink ribbon pin during October, together with enjoying the collection of pink-infused gourmet dining and spa experiences, with part of the proceeds donated to local breast cancer charities.

The creative theming of each Peninsula In Pink Campaign is designed to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer charities in the hotels’ local communities. In its first four years, the Peninsula in Pink campaign has raised over USD 500,000. A dedicated webpage, www.peninsula.com/pink, will be launched in October featuring information on all Art of Pink initiatives, including the campaign’s history, photographs and videos.

The funds raised by Peninsula in Pink help local organizations to provide improved breast cancer-care facilities and services to patients in need. Examples include The Peninsula Manila, which is supporting the construction of a new and improved Breast Care Center at the East Avenue Medical Center, and The Peninsula Chicago, which helps transport breast cancer patients to and from medical appointments in the hotel’s fleet of MINI Clubman cars.

Spring/Summer 2015 Fashion Week Preview: The Swarovski Group Unveils The 2016 Finalists for The Prestigious Swarovski Collective Program

Just ahead of the New York Fashion Week-Spring/Summer 2016 Shows (which starts this Thursday) and the hard long slough that is the international Fashion Month (New York, London, Milan and Paris Fashion Weeks in quick, overlapping succession), Swarovski has announced the 15 designers who will form the year-long Swarovski Collective 2016. This group of exceptional design talents, which includes both new and established (and returning) names, will work in creative partnership with Swarovski for their Spring/Summer 2016 and Autumn 2016/Winter 2017 collections.

Founded in 1999 following Nadja Swarovski‘s collaboration with a young Alexander McQueen and Isabella Blow, the Swarovski Collective encourages emerging and established designers to explore the creative boundaries of crystal use and craftsmanship.

Over the past 16 years, the Swarovski Collective has supported over 150 designers. Previous participants include Alexander McQueen, (Joseph) Altuzarra, Proenza Schouler, Jason Wu, Wes Gordon, Rodarte, Alexander Wang, Hussein Chalayan, Viktor&Rolf, Christopher Kane, Erdem, Giles, Mary Katrantzou and Anthony Vaccarello.
The latest edition of the coveted Swarovski Collective program will span New York, London and Paris fashion weeks, offering the designers year-long financial and crystal product support, plus the chance to win the annual EUR25,000 Swarovski Collective Prize, the winner of which will be announced in May 2016.

Swarovski Collective-Tanya Taylor: Swarovski announces the 15 designers who form the year-long Swarovski Collective 2016 and will receive financial and crystal product support.  Tanya Taylor, a new partner to Swarovski, will show her collection during New York Fashion Week, including this look featuring Swarovski crystal.  Tanya Taylor's SS16 collection was inspired by a photograph she took in Kenya.  She was moved by the vibrant pigments, rich textures, and ornate architectural motifs which will be translated in Swarovski crystals among other methods. (PRNewsFoto/Swarovski North America)

Swarovski Collective-Tanya Taylor: Swarovski announces the 15 designers who form the year-long Swarovski Collective 2016 and will receive financial and crystal product support. Tanya Taylor, a new partner to Swarovski, will show her collection during New York Fashion Week, including this look featuring Swarovski crystal. Tanya Taylor’s SS16 collection was inspired by a photograph she took in Kenya. She was moved by the vibrant pigments, rich textures, and ornate architectural motifs which will be translated in Swarovski crystals among other methods. (PRNewsFoto/Swarovski North America)

The Swarovski Collective members for Spring/Summer 2016 and Autumn 2016/Winter 2017 are: Alexander Lewis, Christian Wijnants, Creatures of the Wind, David Koma, Emilia Wickstead, Esteban Cortazar, Haizhen Wang, Iris Van Herpen, Peter Pilotto, Rosie Assoulin, Tanya Taylor, Thomas Tait, Tim Coppens, Tome and Vivienne Huand will see debut collections for Rosie Assoulin, Thomas Tait, Tanya Taylor, Tome, Alexander Lewis, David Koma, Haizhen Wang and Vivienne Hu.

The Swarovski Collective designers will show their Spring/Summer 2016 collections during New York, London and Paris Fashion Weeks, which take place between September 10 and October 7, 2015. Swarovski will also support Collective members on promotional activities and creative projects throughout the year.


Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Swarovski Executive Board, commented: “It is a pleasure to build on the success of the Swarovski Collective with this new line-up of creatives, and our ongoing commitment to emerging talent with the Swarovski Collective Prize. This is an exceptional group of designers, and we look forward to seeing them innovate with crystal looks over the coming year.

Emilia Wickstead, a returning Collective designer commented: “It is such an honor to be a part of the Collective. Swarovski crystals add excitement and innovation while creating a point of difference.”

Rosie Assoulin commented: “We are so honored to be working with Swarovski and to have the opportunity to really dive into their treasure trove of materials and techniques, especially after the CFDAs.”

Thomas Tait, said: “I’m excited to be part of the Swarovski Collective and to be using crystals as a creative ingredient for the first time to add a new dimension to my collection.

Swarovski delivers a diverse portfolio of unmatched quality, craftsmanship, and creativity. Founded in 1895 in Austria, Swarovski designs, manufactures and markets high-quality crystals, genuine gemstones and created stones as well as finished products such as jewelry, accessories and lighting. Now celebrating its 120th anniversary and run by the fifth generation of family members, Swarovski Crystal Business has a global reach with approximately 2,560 stores in around 170 countries, more than 25,000 employees, and revenue of about 2.33 billion euros in 2014. Together with its sister companies Swarovski Optik (optical devices) and Tyrolit (abrasives), Swarovski Crystal Business forms the Swarovski Group. In 2014, the Group generated revenue of about 3.05 billion euros and employed more than 30,000 people. The Swarovski Foundation was set up in 2012 to honor the philanthropic spirit of founder Daniel Swarovski, with a mission is to support creativity and culture, promote wellbeing, and conserve natural resources.

The Peninsula Spa New York Introduces ‘SATTVA By Simply Peninsula’

Designed to reflect the Vedic philosophy of purity, The Peninsula Spa New York has introduced Sattva by Simply Peninsula, a collection of eight signature treatments, rituals and wellness journeys, now available. Sattva by Simply Peninsula has been exquisitely crafted to combine classic Ayurveda methods with contemporary massage techniques, such as remedial and lymphatic drainage, while placing an emphasis on Marma therapy to further support the body’s healing process.

In Vedic philosophy, sattva (Sanskrit sattva / सत्त्व “purity”, literally “existence, reality”; adjectival sāttvika “pure”, anglicised sattvic) is the most rarefied of the three gunas in Samkhya: sāttvika “pure”, rājasika “excitable”, and tāmasika “indifferent”. More importantly, no value judgement is entailed as all guna are indivisible and mutually qualifying. 

Guṇa (Sanskrit: गुण), depending on the context, means ‘string, thread or strand’, or ‘virtue, merit, excellence’, or ‘quality, peculiarity, attribute, property. The concept originated in Samkhya philosophy, but now a key concept in various schools of Hindu philosophy. There are three guṇas, according to this worldview, that have always been and continue to be present in all things and beings in the world. These three gunas are called: sattva (goodness, constructive, harmonious), rajas (passion, active, confused), and tamas (darkness, destructive, chaotic). All of these three gunas are present in everyone and everything, it is the proportion that is different, according to Hindu worldview. The interplay of these gunas defines the character of someone or something, of nature and determines the progress of life.

Exclusively formulated by Subtle Energies, an award-winning Australian spa brand, the expertly designed and results-driven Vedic Aromatherapy spa treatments are currently being introduced at The Peninsula Spas around the world as part of the luxury hotel brand’s Peninsula Wellness program. These techniques are enhanced by the therapeutic and sensory benefits of active ingredients within pure and rare Ayurveda Aromatherapy essential oils, Himalayan crystal salts, clays and herbs.

In Ayurveda, Marma pressure points are junctions in the body, usually close to the skin surface, of important nerves with muscles, veins, bones and joints. In ancient Vedic times, marma points were called bindu – a dot, secret dot or mystic point. It is said that marmas are constituted of six vital elements: SOMA (sleshma, phlegm), MARUTHA (vata, air), TEJA (pitta, bile) and the three mental types: RAJAS, TAMAS and SATVA. Marma adi is the science of manipulating marmas or vital points. The stimulation of marma points improves pranic flow by limiting stagnation in the body. According to Susruta, author of Susruta Samhita, the ancient treatise on ayurveda, human body contains 107 marma points which, when struck or massaged, produce desired healing or injurious results. Like acupressure, marma adi functions by pressing these points through which the prana (chi in Chinese) flows. After a Marma Point Treatment the nervous system is calm and revitalized, an essential factor for maintaining mind-body balance.

Guests may select from the following newly-introduced Sattva by Simply Peninsula treatments:

The Kushali Himalayan Crystal Salt Scrub at The Peninsula Spa New York. Courtesy of The Peninsula Spa New York)

The Kushali Himalayan Crystal Salt Scrub at The Peninsula Spa New York. Courtesy of The Peninsula Spa New York)

Khushali Reviving Signature Journey, 120 minutes, $550*
Commencing with the Sattva foot ritual, an aromatic mineral soak, and progressing to
The Kushali Himalayan Crystal Salt Scrub and Vedic Aromatherapy Massage, this journey balances both prana and doshas, invigorating the body and boosting immunity.

Tulasi Detox Signature Journey, 120 minutes, $550*
This detox journey starts with a mineral-rich, aromatic foot soak, followed by the
Tulasi Detox Body Polish, to rejuvenate skin. The treatment is completed with a Vedic Aromatherapy Full Body and Facial Marma Massage.

New (Herb) Podi Signature Journey Spa Treatment at The Peninsula Spa New York. (Courtesy of The Peninsula Spa New York)

New (Herb) Podi Signature Journey Spa Treatment at The Peninsula Spa New York. (Courtesy of The Peninsula Spa New York)

Podi Signature Journey, 120 minutes, $550*
Beginning with a
Sattva foot ritual, warm oil and herb Podi poultices are then applied to the body to relieve inflammation and joint discomfort. A results-driven Vedic Aromatherapy Massage follows to further alleviate muscle tension.

Vedic Aromatherapy Massage, 60 minutes, Mon-Thur $205 Fri-Sun $220 

Marma therapy and lymphatic techniques helps balance the chi, or life force, while working to strengthen the body’s muscles and joints. A rare blend of the purest Vedic Aromatherapy oils complete the experience.

Kasa bowl (Courtesy of The Peninsula Hotel New York  City)

Kasa bowl (Courtesy of The Peninsula Hotel New York City)

Vedic Aromatherapy Full Body and Facial Marma Massage, 105 minutes, $472*
Rejuvenate and detoxify as the finest traditional Vedic practices are fused with modern massage methods through the use of a traditional bronze
Kasa bowl. The heavenly Facial Marma Massage enhances the anti-aging benefits of this treatment.

Khushali Himalayan Crystal Salt Scrub, 60 minutes, Mon-Thur $205 – Fri-Sun $220
An exfoliation ritual, this therapy also assists in stimulating circulation and minimizing the appearance of cellulite through a blend of mineral-rich crystals and oils that revive and nourish.

Tulasi Detox Body Polish, 60 minutes, Mon-Thur $205 – Fri-Sun $220
Bring devitalized skin back to life with a cinnamon and walnut shell scrub. An application of Vedic Aromatherapy oils softens and hydrates for the ultimate in skin rejuvenation.

Sattva Shirodhara with Facial Marma Therapy, 60 minutes, M-Th $205–Fri-Sun $220
Instill deep relaxation and bring balance to the body and mind through the use of
Shirodhara, the ancient art of pouring oil on the forehead, followed by a Facial Marma Massage with signature Vedic Aromatherapy essential oils.

*denotes gratuity included

Subtle Energies oils are known to be some of the highest grade oils available worldwide, having been sourced direct from distillers and farmers who produce them. This has been Subtle Energies guiding principle in producing the Sattva By Simply Peninsula Signature Treatments, to enable each guest to experience a pure and authentic connection that rejuvenates and restores balance to the mind, body and soul. Sattva by Simply Peninsula will soon be available across all 10 Peninsula locations worldwide.

Guests who book a Vedic Aromatherapy Full Body and Facial Marma Massage now through September 30, 2015 will receive a complimentary manicure and pedicure to be booked on the same day of the treatment. (A $130 value, this offer cannot be combined with any other spa promotions.) For more information, please visit http://newyork.peninsula.com/en/spa-wellness, call (212) 903 3910, Toll-free (1-800) 262 9467 (From USA) or e-mail: pny@peninsula.com.

815,992 Visitors to Costume Institute’s China Exhibition Make It Fifth Most Visited Exhibition in Metropolitan Museum’s History

The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced today that the exhibition China: Through the Looking Glass, which closed yesterday, attracted 815,992 visitors during its run from May 7 to September 7, putting it in fifth place among the Museum’s most visited exhibitions. Joining blockbusters such as Treasures of Tutankhamun (1978), Mona Lisa (1963), and Painters in Paris (2000), the popular show exceeded the number of visitors to The Costume Institute‘s prior most popular exhibition, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (2011), which was the Met’s eighth most visited exhibition, with 661,509 visitors.

The exhibition explored the impact of Chinese aesthetics on Western fashion and how China has fueled the fashionable imagination for centuries. High fashion was juxtaposed with Chinese costumes, paintings, porcelains, and other art, including films, to reveal enchanting reflections of Chinese imagery.

The exhibition, which was originally set to close on August 16, was extended by three weeks, and then hours were added on September 4 and 5, when it stayed open until midnight, three hours past the Museum’s usual 9:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday night closing time.

The exhibition, curated by Andrew Bolton, was a collaboration between The Costume Institute and the Department of Asian Art. Wong Kar Wai was artistic director and Nathan Crowley served as production designer.

Encompassing approximately 30,000 square feet in 16 separate galleries in the Museum’s Chinese and Egyptian Galleries and Anna Wintour Costume Center, it was The Costume Institute‘s largest special exhibition ever, and also one of the Museum’s largest. With gallery space three times the size of a typical Costume Institute spring show, China accommodated the high numbers of visitors without lines.

We are thrilled that so many visitors from around the world experienced this exploration of the impact of Chinese art on Western fashion,” said Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. “The exhibition is one of the most ambitious the Museum has ever mounted, requiring an extraordinary collaboration across departments with unprecedented results. There are certain projects that only the Met can do, and this was certainly one of them.”

The exhibition was made possible by Yahoo. Additional support was provided by Condé Nast and several Chinese donors. The exhibition is featured on the Museum’s website, as well as on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using #ChinaLookingGlass and #AsianArt100.