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The Hong Kong Jockey Club Series: The Splendours of Royal Costume: Qing Court Attire

31 July – 7 October 2013

Special Exhibition Gallery, Hong Kong Museum of History

Solely sponsored by
T
he Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust

Jointly presented by
Leisure and Cultural Services Department
The Palace Museum

Jointly organised by
Hong Kong Museum of History
The Palace Museum

The present exhibition provides an excellent opportunity for the public to appreciate from diverse perspectives the court attire of the Qing dynasty and its cultural aspects.

Some one hundred and thirty items/sets of textiles and embroideries from The Palace Museum Collection are featured in the exhibition. The exhibits comprise Official Costumes, Festive Costumes, Regular Costumes, Travel Costumes, Military Costumes and Leisure Costumes. Among them are the armour and helmet of Emperor Kangxi, the dragon robe of Emperor Yongzheng, the court robe of Emperor Qianlong, the matrimonial dragon robes of Emperor and Empress Guangxu, and the surcoat of Puyi the last emperor of the Qing dynasty. The exhibition is also supplemented by large-scale multimedia programmes to enhance the visitors' understanding of the Qing court attire.

The exhibits depict the fusion of Manchu and Han styles and illustrate how the rigorous system of the Qing court attire had served to differentiate rank and status between members of the strictly hierarchical society, ranging from the emperor to his subjects and from the official to the populace. The costumes not only display the highest standard of weaving and embroidery in the Qing dynasty, but also manifest the lifestyle and preference of the Manchus.

The largest of its kind ever launched by The Palace Museum outside the Mainland, this exhibition offers an excellent platform for the comprehensive understanding of the Qing court attire.