Floating Silk

Chinese Women’s Fashion Through the Ages
– an illustrated talk by Madison Plantier on Saturday 20 March 2021  2pm – 4.00pm.
Uncover a world of vibrant colour and delicate embroidery as we delve back into the history behind women’s clothing in China.

Starting from the Han Dynasty, we’ll be tracking the evolution of Chinese women’s fashion as it became much more complex and, as was the case during the Tang Dynasty, increasingly controversial! Along the way, we’ll be taking a closer look at some of the Chinese painters who studied female figures and who have served as an invaluable asset to historians in documenting Chinese women’s fashion during imperial times.

From the bawdy bared flesh of the Tang right through to the conservative dress of the Ming, let’s transport ourselves back to a time of long flowing robes and luxurious silks.