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V&A Lunchtime Lecture: Chinese Dress in Detail

V&A South Kensington Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL

Free event

Join the author, conservator, and photographer of the V&A’s new publication Chinese Dress in Detail, published by Thames & Hudson in partnership with the V&A, for a head-to-toe exploration of Chinese dress as they go behind the scenes to reveal fascinating stories and the creative process behind the making of the book. The speakers will disclose secrets and new discoveries from the exquisite detail of the garments, including the use of rare materials such as peacock-feather threads and gelatine sequins for embroidery; fashioning imperial headdress with three different types of imitation pearls; and illustrating a love story based on a romantic tragicomedy Chinese play, the ‘Peony Pavilion’. The talk will be illustrated with a selection of stunning imagery from Chinese Dress in Detail.