China Chic: East Meets West
February 16 – April 24, 1999
With more than 100 garments and accessories dating from the nineteenth century to present day, China Chic: East Meets West traced the extraordinary evolution of Chinese dress and its profound influence on modern western fashion. Curated by Dr. Valerie Steele, the museum’s chief curator, the exhibition was organized according to categories of traditional Chinese clothing styles juxtaposed against Chinese inspired clothing by modern designers. In other words, the qipao, Mao suit, and dragon robe meet Christian Lacroix, Donna Karan, and Vivienne Tam.