This week’s Tuesday Treasure is not a clothing item, but rather something that has given me a lot of fashion inspiration and educated me on history: The MET Museum book “China Through the Looking Glass”.

Every year the MET museum hosts the MET Gala, a fundraiser for the arts, and debuts a new collection. In 2015 the collection was “China Through the Looking Glass”. Of course since I was not able to go New York to see the collection in 2015 I decided for my birthday that I was going to buy the book (I waited till my birthday because the book is expensive). The book contains the hundreds of pieces displayed in the collection in NY and gives the history of the pieces or the periods from which they were created.

Rihanna stole the show at the 2015 MET Gala wearing this ensemble by Chinese couture designer Guo Pei
Rihanna stole the show at the 2015 MET Gala wearing this ensemble by Chinese couture designer Guo Pei

Though I won’t be wearing traditional chinese clothing it still has me thinking about different ways I can put together an outfit. Plus, I like admiring beautiful clothing.

“China: Through the Looking Glass” does a great job bringing poeple through the history, or at least a smidge of the history, of Chinese culture, and through fashion shows the beauty and richness of it. Fashion+history+learning more about another culture= a favorite of mine.

Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed it! I will be trying to get the 2016 Met Gala collection book “Manus x Machina” soon! What do you think about the connection between fashion and culture? Can it bridge gaps between two different cultures? Let me know below!



  1. That first photo the one of maggie cheung, ive seen that movie and she is one of my favorite actresses!! i’ve pretty much seen all of her movies, she’s an amazing actress. and i love the whole atmosphere and clothes of the 1920-30’s time period in china, it was sooo opulent.

    1. Of all the photos in the book that one is definitely one of the most striking to me, which is why I included it here. I’ve never seen any of her movies but i’ll have to check some out! And I know, the book gives so many pictures from that era and everything is gorgeous.

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