Vogue's Anna Wintour, Hamish Bowles, Wendi Murdoch and more all showed up at The Met in NYC on Monday to enjoy an exclusive press and VIP preview of the museum's highly-anticipated China: Through the Looking Glass exhibition. Announced in September last year, the new exhibit incorporates fashion, film and art at The Met's Chinese Galleries and the newly-renamed Anna Wintour Costume Center – opening May 7 2015.

130 beautiful Haute Couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear pieces will be showcased alongside exotic Chinese costumes, paintings, films, porcelains and other art pieces during the upcoming exhibit. In terms of modern-day designers, Tom Ford, Yves Saint Laurent and Roberto Cavalli all feature – with their past collections on display, paired with rare 18th-century Chinese wares.

China Through the Looking Glass

China Through the Looking Glass

Yahoo recently signed onto the project as its lead sponsor, and further funding is being provided with the help of Condé Nast and “several generous Chinese donors" according to The Met.

During the special preview on Monday evening, the exhibition’s artistic director, Oscar-nominated director Wong Kar-Wai said that he was happy that his work had inspired some of the fashion that will be showcased at the special exhibit. 

China Through the Looking Glass

Emily Rafferty Wendi Murdoch, Anna Wintour and Andrew Bolton

China Through the Looking Glass

Wong Kar-Wai

China Through the Looking Glass

Hamish Bowles

 

'China: Through the Looking Glass' will run at the Metropolitan Museum of Art May 7 through to August 16 2015