• The Arts Society Penang
  • The Arts Society Penang

CHINESE IMPERIAL COURT COSTUME (1644-1911) ‘A JOURNEY THROUGH THE EMPEROR’S WARDROBE'

David Rosier
Thursday 28 June 2018. 7 Terraces Hotel, Stewart Lane George Town. 10.30am

This event will be a special day with a talk in the morning, followed by lunch and then another talk/discussion in the afternoon with an opportunity for people to bring along any antique fabrics that they might have.

This lecture focuses on the costume and dress accessories that would have been worn for formal occasions (Regulated Court Costume), or informally, at the Imperial Court or in Provincial Government during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Initial consideration will be given to formal, mandated, Court Costume and Insignia of Rank worn by the Imperial Family plus the Civil and Military Officials.

The focus will then move to a review of the full scope of the Emperor’s Wardrobe from State Robes, and regalia, through to informal wear Consideration will also be given to robes, and dress accessories, worn on a day to day basis or for special occasions by other members of the Court either in their official capacity or in their private lives. Particular focus will be given to the highly decorative clothing of high-ranking Chinese ladies and will consider the design of items such as informal robes, outerwear, headwear and ornamental accessories. 

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David Rosier is a Chartered Insurer by profession and a Fellow of the Assurance Medical Society with extensive international experience as an author and lecturer in Medical Risk Assessment, he has in excess of 25 years of working and living in Asia. Whilst living in Hong Kong (1991–2004) he assembled a collection of approximately 700, predominately Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), Imperial and related textiles/costume accessories. Past Committee Member of the Hong Kong Textile Society and frequent speaker on Imperial Insignia and Badges of Rank.

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Please book the lectures by calling any of the following committee members:

Robert Newton – 014 258 6318

Cheryl Fankhauser – 016 995 3214 

Sandie Lenton – 016 555 1950

or email