Introducing New Decoupage Designs by John Derian

We’re delighted to unveil a new collection crafted exclusively for The Met Store by the New York City–based designer John Derian, who's celebrated for his unique decoupage decorations on hand-blown glass plates, trays, bowls, and more. 

John Derian Valentine Decoupage Plate
Valentine. Anonymous. Watercolor, lithography; 9 13/16 x 7 7/8 in.; 1841. Gift of Mrs. Richard Riddell, 1981 1981.1136.551


From butterflies to bunnies, birds, and blooms, the collaboration pays homage to the natural world in honor of The Costume Institute’s spring 2024 exhibition, Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion.

Gallery view of "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" © The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Now on view at The Met Fifth Avenue through September 2, 2024, Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion reactivates the sensory capacities of masterworks in The Met collection through first-hand research, conservation analysis, and diverse technologies—from cutting-edge tools, artificial intelligence, and computer-generated imagery to traditional formats of x-rays, video animation, light projection, and soundscapes. 

Gallery view of "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" © The Metropolitan Museum of Art


See approximately 250 garments and accessories spanning four centuries, visually united by iconography related to nature, which serves as a metaphor for the fragility and ephemerality of fashion and a vehicle to examine the cyclical themes of rebirth and renewal. The exhibition breathes new life into these storied Museum objects through creative and immersive activations designed to convey the smells, sounds, textures, and motions of garments that can no longer directly interact with the body.

Gallery view of "Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion" © The Metropolitan Museum of Art


In search of inspiration to complement The Costume Institute’s chosen theme, Derian mined The Met collection for lush and lively artworks. 

Two Hares. William Bell Scott (British, 1811–1890). Gouache (bodycolor), heightened with gum arabic; 5 3/8 x 5 3/8 in.; 1865–90. Gift of Jacqueline Loewe Fowler, 2020 2021.16.5
John Derian Hare Decoupage Domed Paperweight
John Derian Two Hares Decoupage Vide Poche


Our latest offerings feature details from a diverse selection of sources, including an early 16th-century French book of flower studies at The Met Cloisters, a 16th–17th-century tile panel painted with undulating vines probably made in Syria and now in the Islamic Art collection, three mid-18th-century British plates with various botanical motifs in the Museum's European Sculpture and Decorative Arts holdings, and a beautifully embroidered 19th–20th-century Mexican sampler in the American Wing.

Botanical plate with spray of lilies. Chelsea Porcelain Manufactory (British, 1745–1784). Soft-paste porcelain with enamel decoration, ca. 1755. Purchase, Sidney R. Knafel Gift, in honor of Jeffrey Munger, 2016 2016.223
John Derian Lilies Decoupage Coaster


Shop select designs online and the full collection in-store at The Met Fifth Avenue.