‘The Empress of China:’ Did Tang Dynasty Women Really Dress so Sexily?

Actress Fan Bingbing plays Wu Zetian in 'The Empress of China.' This image is much less revealing than some of the ones that got censored! (Image: Epoch Times)
Actress Fan Bingbing plays Wu Zetian in 'The Empress of China.' This image is much less revealing than some of the ones that got censored! (Image: Epoch Times)

It’s a hit online topic that The Empress of China, a Chinese TV drama based on events from the Tang Dynasty, was suddenly taken off air for being “too sexy,” and recently returned with some changes.

Bloggers are comparing the before and after versions. And yeah, close-ups of the actresses’ faces have replaced the wide-angle shots, so all the revealing scenes are no longer there, leaving just big heads and faces. Many were upset.

But did women from the Tang Dynasty really dress in such a tantalizing way like on TV?

According to murals and female figurines, three-piece dress consisting of a skirt, blouse, and cape was actually the normal and most basic clothing.

Well, I know there’s no need to do more explaining as a picture can paint a thousand words. So let’s look at some images of women from the era of Wu Zetian (624-705) and you can make up your own mind:

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Maids look elegant while dancing and playing musical instruments, A.D. 630. (Image: Epoch Times)

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These ladies  look more reserved, and are completely covered up, A.D. 640. (Image: Epoch Times)

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Traditional lady’s dress in the Tang dynasty. (Image: Wikipedia)

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Close-up of Emperor Taizong receiving the Tibetan Envoy shows how palace maids were dressed then. (Image: Epoch Times)

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