Strategy Director Claire Taylor lends Mao suit to the ground-breaking exhibition, "China Through The Looking Glass," presented at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

In the exhibit, organized around three periods of China's cultural influence on western fashion, the humble blue Mao suit is the iconic representation of The People's Republic of China. Taylor's mother was among the earliest travelers to China after it opened its doors in the early 80s. She had asked her official guide to help her buy the ubiquitous ensemble, which she knew would soon be eclipsed by more modern trends.

Taylor was approached by a Met curator to loan the distinctive suit to the exhibit — which runs through mid-August. The suit can be viewed in the museum's Chinese Gallery.

"It is an honor to have this object presented so prominently in the Met show alongside the china-inspired work of Warhol and Vivienne Tam. To know it has been seen by the fashion elite and thousands of museum goers is a once-in-a-lifetime thrill!" commented Taylor.

Blue Mao suit as presented in "China Through The Looking Glass" exhibit. Photo courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Blue Mao suit as presented in "China Through The Looking Glass" exhibit.
Photo courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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