UNITED KINGDOM – TAASA Review December 2010


This article was originally found in the December 2010 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 19, Issue 4, Page 30).

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Imperial Chinese Robes from the Forbidden City V&A Museum, London 7 December 2010-6 March 2011 Three centuries of beautiful and historic garments worn by the emperors and empresses of the Qing dynasty (1644-1911).

On display are exquisite robes, hats, shoes, children’s clothes, and elaborate fabrics made for the last Empress Dowager Ci Xi and her court ladies.

The exhibition explores the complex conventions specifying which clothes should be worn on different court occasions: from official robes for important rituals to festive dresses for banquets and celebrations...