The Splendours of Royal Costume: Qing Court Attire is an exhibition currently being held at the Hong Kong Museum of History, and will continue its run until Oct. 7. Many of the costumes have never been seen outside of Mainland China.
The Qing court costume system was notably the most elaborate and vast of all the dynasties. It strictly governed the wardrobes of the emperor, state officials, and male and female members of the royalty and aristocracy on all formal state occasions, as well as during leisure times in the inner court.
Qing court attire was at the core of the Qing system. It was characterized by having elaborate rules with exquisite details. It maintained a strict hierarchy and a fusion of Manchu and Han cultural elements.
Official costumes were worn on important ceremonial and sacrificial occasions, including the emperor’s enthronement, birthday, the winter solstice, and offering sacrifices to Heaven, the Earth, the Sun, the Moon, and the silkworm God. Official costumes ranked highest among all Qing court attire.
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