Silberstein talk at Textile Museum symposium
Rachel Silberstein (Assistant Professor, HAVC) gave a talk at the Textile Museum symposium, Picturing China: Qing-Dynasty Photography and Fashion.
The changing fashions John Thomson found in mid-nineteenth-century China were, in part, stimulated by the commercialization of garment and accessory production. Commercial and visual records demonstrate that much of this production was of small items – trimmings and accessories like ribbons, appliques, collars, sleeve-bands and purses, and it was these items that changed the silhouette and style of Chinese women’s dress. This lecture brings together extant objects and images to explore the fashion for accessories and trimmings in the Qing dynasty (1644-1911): makers, sellers, and consumers; design sources and patterns; cultural themes and inspirations. These objects present a huge range of designs including auspicious motifs, geometric and abstract designs. This talk focuses on the less studied themes of popular and literati culture, and explores how motifs and designs circulated between popular prints, embroidery patterns, and fashionable dress.