Our friends at de Gournay have just told us about their involvement at this year’s Met Gala. For those of you less familiar with their work, de Gournay specialise in hand painted wallpaper, fabrics, furniture and porcelain.
Claud Cecil Gurney founded the design house in 1986 after searching for wallpapers for his own home, inspired by Chinese artisans and painters he set about opening his own studio in China. De Gournay still create designs that are inspired by 18th Century Chinoiserie hand painted designs and now work from four studios across China.
New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Asian Art department is celebrating its hundredth anniversary with the major exhibition ‘China: Through the Looking Glass’, which also dictated this year’s Met Gala theme. It is the largest exhibition in the Costume Institute’s history, with 16 galleries taking a look at how China has inspired Western fashion designers and how traditional symbols have been re-appropriated. As well as fashion, there are exquisite pieces of porcelain, paintings, calligraphy and costumes.
Alongside several the exquisite garments, de Gournay’s wallpaper sits behind as a backdrop. This work merges perfectly with this theme of how Western design houses have been heavily inspired by Chinese traditions.
For the Met Gala they also produced stunning details that really helped to produce the Chinoiserie look and feel of the event. They designed and hand painted details including the stage curtain, beautiful tablecloths and even a 40 foot feature wall.