The Costume Institute is housed inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art yet exists in a different universe, one with its own particular exhibitions, spending plan, press delegate and stylish conventions. To some this design world separated is a Martian peculiarity, to others it is an imperative protect of Venusian luxury. In any case and for better and more awful it has never been as completely incorporated with the Met as it is in the display that opened for the current week called “China: Through the Looking Glass.”
Intended to delineate the impact of Chinese society on Western design, the show is spread more than three stories. It fills both the storm cellar level Anna Wintour Costume Center and the Chinese exhibitions on the second floor, and claims a repurposed Egyptian space in the middle.