Fashion, egos collide
and lead-up to the ambitious exhibition China: Through The Looking Glass, an exploration of Chinese-inspired western fashions by Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton, with the assistance of American Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, this doco is a roller coaster of logistical nightmares, hiccups, and delays.
Suspense is derived from agonising discussions over lighting designs before exhibits are even installed, with the deadline day looming and a superstar’s demands threatening to derail the opening night attraction.
Despite Rhianna’s diva- like demands and the sweatinducing task of a celeb seating plan, the exhibition that slowly takes shape begins to blur the lines between art and politics, and questions over whether the two can remain mutually exclusive when art touches on culture.
While a 1960s-style dress housed in a vault described as a “tour de force” is not something I can relate to, the appreciation for it by fashionistas is infectious.
There is plenty of food for thought (the commercial side of this endeavour and the fashion and art industries also get a lookin), but even on the most superficial level the celebrity spotting is fun.
Model Cara Delevingne rocking out next to Justin Bieber at the Metropolitan Museum of Art at an intimate Rhianna concert is strangely thrilling.
I won’t be jetting off to Paris in a hurry to try my luck in the fashion industry, but I will think twice the next time I dismiss a red carpet event and those reporters who ask “who are you wearing?”.
Rhianna on the red carpet in TheFirst MondayinMay.