Clothing from the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period for the most part seems to have been a bit of a transition between the Tang and Song Dynasties. The Song Dynasty seems to be more of a conservative period (note the colors used for clothes) and is when the practice of Foot Binding became more popular.
This is probably reflected a bit in the clothes with the abandoning of wide and billowing sleeves from past periods since foot binding made walking less steady and the last thing you want is to be juggling huge sleeves if walking alone was a difficult. The sway of the body created by foot binding was mimicked by the shoes worn Huapenxie 花盆鞋 or Matixie 馬蹄鞋 worn by Manchu women during the Qing Dynasty (See original Sinology Sunday post on this topic)
The Legend of Zu 2 蜀山战纪2踏火行歌 has decided to go on with the recent trend of releasing images of props. Starring Yu Tinger, Chen Zheyuan, Liu Yitong, Nie Zihao, Huang Shichao, Liang Baoling, and Li Hao, some props are worth seeing if there were details being put into them but this…
Flowers Withering Flowers Flying Covering the Sky 花谢花飞花满天 has started filming and released character posters. Starring Peter Ho, Zhang Xinyu, Zhu Yilong, Li Xinai, Zhu Zixiao, Yu Xiaotong, Yu Qingbin, and Yang Jingru, the plot seems to center around a love triangle with the two female leads switching faces and identities.
… with costumes like these at least we probably won’t run the risk of being stuck watching big heads on screen…?
Win the World 赢天下 has released it’s character posters. With an extensive cast including Fan Bingbing, Gao Yunxiang, Yan Yikuan, Ma Su, Zhang Guoli, Guo Pinchao (Dylan Kuo), Xu Fan, Pan Yingzi, Pan Hong, Jiang Hongbo, Xie Yilin, Ren Shan, Lin Peng, Xiao Haoran, Peng Xiaoran, Guo Jing, Zheng Yawen, Zhu Jiaqi, Liu Xiaohu, Tian Li, and Yuan Xiaoxu, let’s see if Fan Bingbing can top her own production The Empress of China in terms of extravagant costuming and production.
This week we continue past the Northern and Southern Dynasties and take a look at clothing from the Suiand Tang dynasty with Mr. Chen’s Chinese Photo Studio 陳先生的復古照相館. The clothing for these two eras tend to be grouped together due to how brief the Sui Dynasty was.
The Tang dynasty is commonly regarded as a golden age in Chinese history. Not only did the country open up to the outside world but it is also seen to have adopted more of a open view on the freedoms afforded to the people regardless of gender. This kind of attitude is kind of reflected in the dress of the era (bright fabrics, styling, makeup, etc.). Notice how the skirt for the Ruqun襦裙 is tied higher during this period. As mentioned earlier, for those interested in music and performance during this period, the Nanguan 南管 and Liyuan 梨園 traditions trace their roots to this approximate period. The Han-Tang Yuefu 漢唐樂府 group has attempted to trace back through time to recreate the arts from around this period and has gained some popularity for their efforts (Performance. Parts 12-10 and 12-11 may be more conducive towards modern appreciation).
Xuanyuan Sword Legend: The Clouds of Han 轩辕剑之汉之云 has pumped out more stills. Starring Zhang Yunlong, Yu Menglong, Guan Xiaotong, Zhang Jiazhu, and Ju Jingyi, it’s been a while since we posted about this production.