Dressed to Rule: Imperial Robes of China

Dressed to Rule: Imperial Robes of China will showcase the stunning holdings of the NGV’s nineteenth century Chinese imperial robes. Many of these robes, presented to the Gallery in the 1920s, have never been displayed before.

Art Exhibition previously on at NGV International in Melbourne precinct, Victoria, Australia.
From Friday 17 April 2009 to Sunday 06 September 2009

Published by National Gallery of Victoria - International on Wednesday 19 August 2009.
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This exhibition will explore the design of the robes in the Manchu tradition and the symbols of imperial power from the Chinese tradition. The magnificent court robes are woven in silk and are delicately embroidered. Exhibition highlights include undergarments woven with delicate branches of bamboo, costumes worn by Chinese women in contrast to Manchu court ladies, and examples of ‘bound-feet shoes’.

Free entry