Rihanna emerges for her performance for the assembled crowd of celebrity guests from behind de Gournay’s ‘Abbotsford’ Chinoiserie hand painted silk curtains
A buzz of excitement across our showrooms worldwide surrounded the release of the ‘First Monday in May’ trailer– a new documentary that takes a behind the scenes look at last year’s Met Ball Gala in New York.
Working alongside VOGUE Magazine and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, de Gournay contributed the interior décor for the illustrious occasion. Hosted in honour of “China: Through The Looking Glass”, an exhibition exploring the influence of Chinese aesthetic across Western fashion, film and art, the show broke records as one of the most successful in the museums history.
de Gournay’s hand painted ‘Earlham’ wallpaper provided a striking backdrop for the dining area at the gala; a prestigious ball that brings together well known figures from the fashion, art, film and music industries in one of the most highly anticipated events of the year. Guests seated at tables adorned with custom Chinoiserie linens enjoyed entertainment from the likes of Rihanna, who emerged for her performance from behind cascading de Gournay silk drapes, hand painted with our ‘Abbotsford’ design.
de Gournay’s ‘Earlham’ hand painted Chinoiserie wallpaper on an Emerald Green silk ground was used to decorate the dining room. The same design on a Sung Blue linen was used for the tablecloths
de Gournay’s ‘Abbotsford’ hand painted Chinoiserie silk curtains were installed in the Museum’s interior hall
de Gournay’s delicate Chinoiserie motifs were incorporated into the smallest of details, including the menus and entry tickets, whilst a limited edition run of de Gournay hand painted silk scarves formed part of the available merchandise, commissioned exclusively by the Met Store at the Costume institute from a selection of renowned sources, such as Cartier, Dries Van Noten and Mary Katrantzou.
Exclusive Gala menu and limited edition silk scarf both featuring de Gournay Chinoiserie designs
Our collaboration extended into the exhibition itself, with de Gournay’s hand painted ‘Portobello’ Chinoiserie wallpaper providing a striking backdrop for an exquisite Alexander McQueen dress from the famous designer’s AW 2006 collection; originally inspired itself by de Gournay’s ‘Badminton’ Chinoiserie wallpaper.
de Gournay ‘Portobello’ hand painted Chinoiserie on Electrum Gilded Paper as the backdrop to the exhibition
In anticipation of the assembly of more than 140 pieces of Haute Couture and avant-garde ready to wear, a spectacular fashion editorial also appeared in the May 2015 edition of US Vogue, with Chinese supermodel Fei-Fei Sun shot by Steven Meisel in clothing by some of the world’s most celebrated designers, including Tom Ford, Oscar De La Renta and Karl Lagerfeld, styled by the iconic Fashion Director Grace Coddington.
Carey Mulligan pictured on the cover of the May 2015 issue of American Vogue. Fashion editorial ‘Go East’ shot by Steven Meisel and styled by Grace Coddington, featuring assorted de Gournay hand painted wallpaper backdrops throughout