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Fashionista: Will Attendees at Tonight’s Chinese-themed Met Gala Be Culturally Offensive?

Katy Perry poses with GeishasTonight’s gala celebrating the opening of the new exhibition China: Through the Looking Glass at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has raised concerns that guests will dress in a culturally inappropriate manner, reports Fashionista.

Several publications including Jezebel & Bustle have raised this issue.

“Upon hearing the title and seeing a preview of the exhibit, my stomach dropped and my mind flooded with images of cultural appropriation and concerns about orientalism,” wrote Maxine Builder in Bustle.

The controversy is similar to the one that erupted following Katy Perry‘s performance at the American Music Awards in 2013.

Among the celebrities expected to attend the gala tonight are Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, Blake Lively, Anne Hathaway and Kim Kardashian

Liz Flora, editor in chief of Jing Daily, had this advice for attendees.

“They shouldn’t wear something that’s just based on an Orientalist Western fantasy about China,” says Flora. “It’s important for the attendees to avoid anything that looks too much like a costume — heavy ‘Oriental’-looking makeup and tired tropes will come across as unoriginal and culturally tone-deaf.”

So are guests being set up to fail at tonight’s gala? You can read more about that in Fashionista.


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