Christian Dior, Bosphor, La Ligne Aimant, evening dress, 1956. Paris. Embroidered velvet with gold thread, sequins, pearls and pastes. Via V&A
This Ming Style Hanfu (Pifeng)’s full name is 湘妃色纏枝菊蓮暗紋緞彩繡花鳥紋披風. It’s all handmade by two great ladies. (Imagine how they embroidered every single flower and bird… = =)
There’re two in this world and each took 2 years to make. The price is 150,000 CNY (24,510 USD) each. If you want them to make Hanfu wedding dress for you, you have to pre-order it 4 or 5 years beforehand.
China has a rather magnificent tradition of embroidery, and this garment is AMAZING.
Detail of the embroidered front panels of a man’s waistcoat
silk, silk threads, linen
As always with embroidered waistcoats, I wonder if the man who wore this was a fancy man, or just a regular man. A regular man who enjoyed some fabulous embroidery,