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Explore the Forbidden City: Imperial Costumes and the Projection of Desire

Added: June 26, 2014 - 13:00



Dr Angela Sheng, McMaster University

Imperial regalia were strictly regulated by sumptuary laws in traditional China. These laws reveal much about the culture in China, and specifically in the Forbidden City. Imperial costume expressed the wants and desires of both the individual wearer, and of society as a whole.

The ROM boasts a superb collection of Imperial Chinese costumes so fine that it provided inspiration for the costume design of the Academy Award-winning film, The Last Emperor, directed by Bertolucci and released in 1987. Dr Angela Sheng, formerly of the Royal Ontario Museum and a key historical consultant on the film, will highlight both the symbolism behind the garments, as well as how she used the ROM’s collections to create the fantastic costumes in The Last Emperor.

Event was held on May 20, 2014

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