The popular exhibition, organized by The Costume Institute in collaboration with the Department of Asian Art, opened to the public on May 7, and was extended from its original closing date of August 16 by three weeks. On Saturday, August 15, it surpassed the record-breaking Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (2011), to become The Costume Institute’s best attended exhibition ever. By Sunday, August 16, it had more than 670,000 visitors. The McQueen exhibition had a total of 661,509 visitors.
Encompassing approximately 30,000 square feet in 16 separate galleries in the Museum’s Chinese and Egyptian Galleries and Anna Wintour Costume Center, China is The Costume Institute’s largest special exhibition ever, and also one of the Museum’s largest.
The exhibition explores the impact of Chinese aesthetics on Western fashion and how China has fueled the fashionable imagination for centuries. High fashion is juxtaposed with Chinese costumes, paintings, porcelains, and other art, including films, to reveal enchanting reflections of Chinese imagery.