I wasn't particularly inspired to see a grande couturier exhibition - but I was very pleased to have made the effort after braving the rain in Peoples Square to locate this pretty and hard to find small modern building. The exhibition areas are quite intimate and yet the designers of the exhibition have made a triumph of the gallery spaces in presenting this engaging show. The staff in attendance are helpful and polite and speak reasonable English in the main. The setting of the museum in wonderful gardens and close to the Nanjing Road heart of Shanghai is convenient and a great place to explore and roam through the beautiful gardens. At the rear of the museum on the third level is a fine cafe with other facilities for larger receptions such as a wedding taking place while we were there. Bizarrely though in the cafe bathrooms are what on first sight appear to be lovely floral pink to red patterns on white glazed tiles - but these are actually composed of very risque language - some of which I imagine would be unacceptable to most patrons. We thought the tiles were an interesting diversion and put it down to a mix up the translation between English and Chinese - quite quirky. Nonetheless - the cafe serves great coffee and tea - and is well patronized. The images included in this review show the exhibition - and out of interest I have included the above-mentioned bathroom tiles found in the museum cafe.
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