With just a few months until the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute debuts its spring show dedicated to Chinese fashion and culture, Anna Wintour and a museum delegation are currently in China to promote the exhibit (a sneak peek of which is now on the Met's Instagram) and add some finishing touches. WWD reports that the Vogue EIC attended a press conference presenting the exhibit with speeches from chief institute curator Andrew Bolton and U.S. ambassador to China Max Baucus.
"It is important that the U.S. and China work on getting their relationship right and this exhibition goes a long way to help do that," Baucus told the paper.
Meanwhile, Bolton and Wintour met with Chinese designers including Guo Pei and Lawrence Xu. "We have a good tradition of going to the appropriate cities to launch these events," she said. "It's a gesture of support and respect for whatever the subject matter of the exhibition might be."
"China: Through the Looking Glass," as the exhibit is now called, is likely to attract interest in tickets for the Wintour-hosted gala on May 4th, just three days before the exhibit opens. But the Costume Institute doesn't necessarily need extra money from the inspiration country: "We already have Chinese donors but obviously you don't say no to more."