Fashion has no greater muse than culture. It could even be called a fascination- an obsession. The art of dressing has always revolved around the idea of presentation and for many cultures these practices have become sacred. For the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s latest exhibit, China: Through the looking Glass, we explore the significance of Chinese aesthetics on fashion in the Western world.
What exactly is culture you ask? The dictionary definition would note: the arts and other manifestations of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively. While cultural references are unavoidable in the fashion world and any form of art for that matter, there’s always a fine line between appreciation and Â appropriation. Because of the relative youth of the Western world and the complex mixed cultural make up and history, the boundary between borrowed and stolen must be drawn meticulously.