Domestic Affairs: Vicariously Through the Looking Glass

After my last column rather exhausted the fashion exhibitions up this summer (though if I missed anything, don’t hesitate to tell me what I missed by emailing me or leaving a comment!!), this week I am visiting the Met’s China: Through the Looking Glass from my own home. Like many of you I cannot possible visit all of the exhibitions I would like to, and being in California it is unlikely I will get to see this year’s Costume Institute exhibition.

Thankfully, we live in the digital age and the Met has provided the video below through which people like me can still experience the exhibition!

What do you think of the video? For those of you who have been, how does it compare to actually being in the exhibition? What other exhibitions are you visiting vicariously through interactive, online, or other resources? What do you think of technology and exhibitions? Great? Need improvement? Please share your thoughts!

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  • Karen Tierney June 24, 2015 10.07 am

    Hi Brenna,

    If you are in California then you might know about Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles. It has a little exhibit space downstairs and a larger one upstairs but the whole store is really a museum. They currently have a small exhibit on wedding gowns from their vast collection of historic textiles. Being dedicated to preserving all textile hand crafts they offer a series of classes year around.

    It’s a ‘must experience’ for anyone interested in lace, historic fashion or any hand craft. They have a great book selection, and sell any tool or pattern one might need. I do wedding gown restoration, historic costuming and custom gowns and I often take advantage of this truly an amazing resource.

    Be prepared to spend a few hours! Located at 2982 Adeline St. Berkeley, CA . Open from 12-6 Mon-Sat. Erin is the manager who is very knowledgable. Tell her Karen sent you! 🙂

  • Brenna July 28, 2015 05.01 pm

    Hello Karen,

    My apologies for the late reply. For some reason with the latest WordPress update I am not notified when I receive comments on my posts. I love Lacis! I actually did a review of their smocking exhibition last year and talked about how much I loved the store through the article below. But I am very excited about the wedding exhibition you mention! I’ll be sure to mention it in my August column, and hopefully I can make my way up there to see and review the exhibition for the second column next month (their store is to die for… I have to keep myself on a strict budget when I go through the book and vintage clothing sections). Thank you so much for letting me know about their latest exhibition!


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