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Raf Simons for Christian Dior in Vogue: From the Archives

Forbidden Kingdom - Designers’ imaginations have been fired by visions of pleasure pavilions and blossoming branches, with a handful of familiar motifs emblematic of China itself: the peony, the pagoda, the phoenix captive on the grounds of a summer palace. Alexander McQueen dress embroidered with birds, butterflies, and flowers, from autumn 2006.

Porcelain Doll - Masterpieces of Chinese decorative arts—rendered in jade, lacquer, cloisonné, porcelain—will be juxtaposed with the garments in the Met’s second-floor Chinese Galleries. Here, a vase-shaped dress by Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel Haute Couture, from the spring 1984 collection.