Thursday, 21 October 2010

An intresting up & coming exhibition at the V & A

Here is the link:

Imperial Chinese Robes from the Forbidden City

7 December 2010 - 27 February 2011

Book Tickets

Exhibition: Imperial Chinese Robes from the Forbidden City

This exhibition shows three centuries of beautiful and historic royal robes worn by the emperors and empresses of the Qing Dynasty, the last ruling dynasty of China (1644-1911).

On display are elaborate and exquisite robes, hats, shoes and children's clothes, along with beautifully patterned fabrics created for the fashion-conscious Empress Dowager Cixi and her court ladies. The exhibition also explores the complex rules and conventions specifying which clothes should be worn on different court occasions: from official robes for important rituals to festive dresses for banquets and celebrations, and travelling ensembles for hunting and royal visits to the provinces. On show for the first time in Europe, this is a rare opportunity to see these sumptuous historic garments.

All objects in the exhibition are from the Palace Museum, Beijing.
Exhibition kindly supported by Lady Keswick and Sir David Tang.

Sunday, 3 October 2010

An evocative autumnal print

This 19th century French upholstery cotton came from the headboard of an upholstered bed. I love the autumnal motifs of hops, harvest and the Green Man.