Dressed to Rule

Art takes many forms. In this selection of Asian court attire, dating from the Qing dynasty (1644-1911), the phrase "you are what you wear" resonates. Vollmer journeys back to the thirteenth-century Chinese Empire, where ancestors of the ruling Manchu conquerors dressed fittingly. These exquisite costumes remind us that royalty once set fashion standards the way that celebrities do today, but that these garments also promoted distinct national and political messages that helped keep a ruling minority in power for nearly three centuries. Dressed to Rule is a guide to the exhibit, of the same name, that appeared at the University of Alberta in 2007.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Cover Page 1
Title Page 4
Copyright 5
Contents 6
Acknowledgements 8
Foreword 12
Introduction 14
Creating Manchu Identity 18
Designing Imperial Identity 26
Imperial Symbols and Dragon-Patterned Robes 46
Dragon Robes in Chinese Society 58
Conclusion 66
Works in the Exhibition 68
Further Reading 70
Notes 72