I recently quipped that I preferred Chinoiserie to the source; having stumbled upon this reminder concerning the ongoing exhibition Imperial Chinese Robes at the V&A, I realized what a foolish statement that was.
Since childhood, spending countless hours admiring the chromo-litho “scraps” in my Nana’s Victorian scrapbooks, I was particularly drawn to the bright and exotic Chinois images. I believe my current taste is still heavily influenced by this extravagant use of pattern and color.The V&A show, focusing on the court dress of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) provides plenty of happy bursts of aesthetic joy.
As the show ends February 27th I recommend that all my friends abroad pop over and buy me a postcard or two.
Until then, a sampling of some of the wonders.
on loan as much of the show is from the Palace Museum née The Forbidden City
Please no griping about the fur, I am a card carrying vegetarian, working hard to spread the anti-fur gospel, BUT still this is a magical garment.
a form of Chinois Rational Dress as Manchu woman did not bind their feet, more info
You must admit the Qing dynasty handled harsh winter with great panache, so much nicer then the offerings at L.L Bean .
Empress’ festive headdress
I think I must rush over to our little Chinatown here in LA to satisfy my Chinois itch with some tawdry bauble.
Until then Rose must wear her own silk court robe, pug-dogs are Chinese after all.