‘Spring Dawn’ – Global Qipao Invitational Exhibition

My work “Spring Dawn” can be seen at the Global International Qipao Exhibition in the National Silk Museum of Hangzhou for a whole year, from the 16th of October 2020. It will then remain there and will be part of the permanent collection of the museum.

This piece is a fusion between the flamenco dress (traditional costume and symbol of Andalusian culture and fashion from the South of Spain) and the Qipao, the iconic traditional Chinese dress. The skirt is made up of 12 ruffles, typical of the flamenco dress -of different sizes, so that it does not have too much volume- that start at the waist and go all the way down to the feet. The bodice is figure-hugging, in the style and with the high collar of the Qipao.

My Piece: ‘Spring Dawn’

The theme of this year’s exhibition is Poetry.

My design is inspired on the beautiful poem ‘Spring Dawn’ (Chūnxiǎo 春晓), by the Chinese poet Mèng Hàorán (孟浩然) of the Tang dynasty.

How suddenly the morning comes in Spring

春眠不觉晓,   Chūn mián bù jué xiǎo,

On every side you hear the sweet birds sing

处处闻啼鸟,   Chù chù wén tí niǎo,

Last night amidst the storm – Ah, who can tell

夜来风雨声,   Yè lái fēngyǔ shēng,

With wind and rain, how many blossoms fell?

花落知多少.   Huā luò zhī duō shǎo.

I have created the fabric by hand-dyeing silk chiffon fabric golden yellow -a traditional Imperial Chinese colour- and then ‘felting’ it with merino wool, bamboo fibres, mulberry silk fibres and sari silk fibres. The different colours of the soft merino wool remind us of springtime: yellows and greens, with small touches of red, pink, blue and orange. The combination of these wool fibres with the bamboo fibres and the mulberry and sari silk fibres -gives the fabric a special luminosity- creating the illusion of a field of flowers, on which the sun rays reflect after a storm. The many ruffles of the skirt create movement in the dress, reminding us of the spring wind blowing on the leaves and flowers.

China National Silk Museum

China National Silk Museum (CNSM), near the West Lake in Hangzhou, in the Zhejiang province, is one of the first state-level museums in China, It was opened in 1992, and is one of the largest textile museums in the world. Its aims are the research, conservation and exhibition of textiles and costumes, preserving their heritage and relating their history from ancient times to modern times.

Global Qipao Invitational Exhibition

China National Silk Museum (CNSM), near the West Lake in Hangzhou, in the Zhejiang province, is one of the first state-level museums in China, It was opened in 1992, and is one of the largest textile museums in the world. Its aims are the research, conservation and exhibition of textiles and costumes, preserving their heritage and relating their history from ancient times to modern times.

If you would like to find out more about this exhibition and about the China National Silk Museum, visit:

China Silk Museum – Global Qipao Exhibition 2020

Video of the Exhibition

Thank you to the China National Silk Museum for this video, that I have shortened to show only my piece and uploaded to my YouTube channel.

 

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