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The Costume Institute Revisited with Page Knox: China through the Looking Glass

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Exploring The Costume Institute’s first collaboration with the Asian Department in 2015, this lecture will revisit China: Through the Looking Glass which featured more than 140 examples of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear alongside masterpieces of Chinese art. The lecture will also incorporate the filmic representations of China which appeared in the exhibition, revealing how our visions of China are shaped by narratives that draw upon popular culture, and to recognize the importance of cinema as a medium through which we understand the richness of Chinese history. Looking at objects inspired by Imperial China; the Republic of China, especially Shanghai in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s; and the People’s Republic of China, the lecture will incorporate scenes from films by such groundbreaking Chinese directors as Zhang Yimou, Chen Kaige, Ang Lee, and Wong Kar Wai and highlights the show’s distinct vignettes devoted to “women of style,” including Hu Die (known as Butterfly Wu), Oei Huilan (the former Madame

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1 Sessions
Weekly - Wed


Page Knox 



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Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
8/19/2020 - 8/19/2020 Weekly - Wed 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM N/A - Online Page Knox 

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