The Confucius Institute are delighted to welcome back audience favourite, Mr David Rosier to present a talk on:
‘Dressing to Impress’
This lecture will focus on the costume and dress accessories that fell outside the scope of regulated formal court costume. Consideration will be given to the clothing that would have been worn informally by either members of the Imperial Family, Civil or Military Officials and those in the higher social classes in the Qing Dynasty China.
Consideration will be given to robes, and other forms of clothing, that would have been worn on a day to day basis or for special ‘familiy’ occasions. Explanation will be provided for the more common design themes employed such as dragon imagery and the use of designs from nature and various religions.
Particular focus will be given to the highly decorative informal clothing of Chinese Ladies and will consider the design of items such as collars, skirts, and sleeve panels. In addition dress accessories will be reviewed and will include items attached to robe belts (purses, fragrance pouches, fan cases), hats and kingfisher feather jewellery.
Finally consideration will be given to the shoes of the period with particular focus on the bound feet shoes worn by Han Chinese Ladies.
The lecture will be followed by a Q&A session and a drinks reception. Places will go quickly so reserve your space now!