The Exhibition of Traditional Chinese Costume Culture, themed on “Costume and Culture : a Mirror of the Retrospect and the Prospect of Chinese Art and Etiquette”, opened at 14 Via Dante in Milan Italy on November 26, 2017. Attending the opening ceremony were the delegation of BPPCC led by Vice Chairman Li Shixiang, municipal officials of Milan, local Chinese and personages from cultural community.
The exhibition, focused on representing traditional Chinese culture, consists of three sections: Exhibition of New Chinese-Style Suits and Costumes, Exhibition of Traditional Chinese Handicrafts, and Exhibition of Chinese-Style Jewelry and Ornaments. As we know, traditional Chinese costume is an indispensable part of Chinese culture. All the exhibits are designed by extracting the traditional Chinese cultural elements that are compatible with the modern aesthetic taste and demand of popular fashion, based on the notion of integrating the past and the present as well as the west and the east. From these artistic items we can sense the vigor and vitality of traditional Chinese costume culture in modern times.
This exhibition aims at demonstrating the rich cultural deposit of Chinese civilization to the world as well as promoting the international cultural communication, integration and prosperity, which is also reflected in the guidelines put forward by the 19th National Congress of CPC. Taking the traditional Chinese costume culture as a bond and vehicle, the exhibition contributes greatly to China-Italy cultural communication and docking. Besides, the event also helps to explore more possibilities for Chinese cultural and creative industry to make its way into further territories. This exhibition is a significant measure taken by BCCPP to promote the implementation of the strategy of introducing more Chinese cultural treasures to the world as well as deepening exchanges among different cultures. The exhibition will definitely play an important role in enhancing the mutual respect, understanding and friendship between the two peoples.
It is reported that the team for the New Chinese-Style fashion design is composed of all the designers who were responsible for designing and custom-tailoring the new Chinese-style suits worn by the heads of states or governments attending the 2014 APEC Summit held in Beijing. The design team has successfully carried out research and innovative development on the traditional Chinese-style garments, creating a series of items that fit in for various occasions and purposes, be it formal or casual, ceremonial or functional. The New Chinese-Style fashion integrates the essence of traditional Chinese costumes and presents to the world the exquisite beauty and etiquette implied in what Chinese people wear.
In the section of traditional Chinese handicrafts, Dongjin brocade, the art of Pankou (or knot button) and cloth patchwork were also on display. These traditional handicrafts not only represent the fruit of Chinese folk people’s work and wisdom over the past thousands of years but also reflect the ceaseless inheritance and promising prospect of Chinese national culture, which can be regarded as a landmark of the longstanding oriental civilization facing to the world.
The exhibits displayed in the section of Chinese-Style Jewelry and Ornaments take the famous Hotan nephrite as a major material for designing the fashionable jewelry of light luxury, and extract the traditional Chinese cultural elements and integrates them with modern style of design, bringing the merits of different kinds of precious gems and stones into full play through adopting advanced jewelry making techniques, combining the inheritance of the vintage with the creation of the avant garde, instilling modernity into the oriental jewelry art.
This event is jointly hosted by Beijing People’s Political Consultative Conference (BPPCC) and Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology (BIFT), and has received strong support from Milan Municipal Government and the local Chinese compatriots.