This exhibition demonstrates some representative costumes from Ming and Qing Dynasties to the period of Republic of China. The beauty and unique charm of traditional Chinese costumes are presented, showing the popularity and evolution of the costumes over about 500 years.
Costumes in Ming Dynasty
Apart from the function of keeping warm, costumes also showed the position and status of people. In Ming Dynasty, very rigid and complex costume system was established, which was more detailed and sophisticated than that of any previous dynasties. Costumes’ popularity changed with different times and regions and with the changes of dynasties. This exhibition may increase the appreciation of Ming costume art by introducing functions of Chinese costumes and popularity of Ming costumes.
Official Robes in Qing Dynasty
In 17th century, Qing Dynasty superseded Ming Dynasty. On official occasions, like in the governmental hall, dresses had changed but with some elements of pre-Ming Dynasty. The change in colors was remarkable. In Qing Dynasty, blue and yellow began to appear on the red ground. Robes were more magnificent, with tradition and fashion blending together.
Folk Costumes in Qing DynastyInfluenced by the alteration in dynasties and official robes, folk costumes changed remarkably as well. Costumes of banners’ people and Hanfu co-existed and so did fashion and tradition. In late Qing Dynasty, impacted by the West, society was at an important transforming stage and hence the costumes took a new and fresh look.
Graded Objects: 40 Pieces(Set)
Availability: 22 Jun 2016--23 Jul 2017