Semiformal Robe for the Qianlong Emperor, 1736-95. Yellow silk satin embroidered with polychrome silk and metallic thread (back).
Dragon Robe Dress, 2011. Yellow Silk satin embroided with polychrome silk and metal thread (front). Laurence Xu (Chinese, born 1974)
Two Female Attendants Tang dynasty (618-907), mid-7th century Earthenware with pigment.
These were two tiny objects among many other artefacts, but stood out....probably because of all the female and fashion forms that have taken my eye.
So, this is where I had a 'take my breath away' moment. I watched an interview a couple of weeks ago with an Australian female fashion design artist (I can't remember her name) but she drew her inspiration from the dancers of the ballet - her pieces reflected the movement and they were beautiful. I am not a person that seeks to go shopping and dressing up too often, however there is no denying the artwork that these pieces are. The western artists of these pieces below drew inspiration and references from the object behind them being part of China's history. I guess it is just wonderful to see art inspired by art.
Evening Gown, spring/summer 2007. Haute Couture. Gold lame embroidered with gold and silver silk, metal, and sequins. Guo Pei (Chinese born 1967). 'The bodice is shaped like a lotus flower, which is one of the eight Buddhist symbols and represents spiritual purity and enlightenment.....combining Eastern and Western elements into a common cultural language'.
Artist Craig Green (British, born 1986) "Ensemble, spring/summer 2015" Left: Jacket, shirt, trousers, and sarong: white cotton poplin, armature: wood and white cotton muslin. Right: Jacket and trousers: black quilted cotton plain weave and plastic basket weave with black cotton twill tape.
I am not sure if film inspired clothing or the other way around. I spotted it just as I was headed back to meet with the rest of Art Study Tour Group.
Brisbane visual artist