[From the top left: Illustration of a summer court robe worn by the Emperor, from The Illustrated Regulations for Ceremonial Paraphernalia of the Present Dynasty, commissioned by the Qianlong Emperor. China, 1736-1795 © Victoria and Albert Museum / V&A Prints; assorted books on Chinese decorative arts; and in the center, a red lacquer spoon.]
Since I last mentioned the V & A's upcoming exhibition, Imperial Chinese Robes from the Forbidden City, the museum has updated its site with more images and information. There is a curator's blog, a calendar of related workshops, talks, and seminars, and a special selection of Chinese-themed goods in the gift shop.
You may recognize a couple of the books pictured above from my past posts but there are other great titles to explore in the shop as well.
[Empress' court boots, 1662-1722. On loan from the Beijing Palace Museum. Click image to large.]
Rocking the tall boot, Qing dynasty style. Although three centuries of court robes form the foundation of the exhibition, shoes, luxe patterned fabrics made for clothes horse Empress Dowager Cixi, hats and children's clothes are also included in the show.
mini Chinese porcelain vases crafted in Jingdezhen. Imperial Chinese Robes from the Forbidden City opens December 7, 2010 and continues through February 27, 2011.