Beijing Opera Costumes: The Visual Communication of by Alexandra B. Bonds

By Alexandra B. Bonds

"Beijing Opera Costumes" is the 1st in-depth English-language ebook targeted completely at the costumes of Jingju, the top type of level arts in China. This complete quantity offers either concept and research of the costumes and the strategy in their choice for the jobs in addition to technical details on embroidery, styles, and development. vast descriptions remove darkness from using colours and floor photos derived from old costume and converted for the degree. information on make-up, hairstyles, and dressing thoughts current a whole view of the Jingju performer from head to toe.Meticulously researched in Taipei and Beijing, this definitive paintings starts with an overview of the wealthy and complicated background of Beijing opera and demanding advancements in layout over the last millennium. Chapters on dress idea and layout parts and their amendment to create a large choice of pictures are by way of shows of person costumes including their ancient historical past and use of colour and development. A survey of the components and headdresses, make-up and hairstyles, accompanies the dialogue of every dress. The intricacies of selecting costumes for a construction and dressing actors also are discussed.Lavishly illustrated with greater than 250 colour and black-and-white images and development drafts, "Beijing Opera Costumes" is an crucial checklist of and source for Jingju because it is played in China this present day. cloth artists will delight in the great thing about the colours and designs in addition to the data on embroidery strategies and symbolism of the pictures. China students will price the contextual research and theater experts the explication of costumes when it comes to functionality. ultimately, dress designers will take pleasure in the chance to check intimately their paintings in one other cultural environment and theatrical kind.

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He wears a zijin guan (lit. “purple gold headdress”) on his head. Lü Bu Shoots an Arrow (Yuanmen she ji). Character: Lü Bu, actor: Jiang Qihu. NJC, Beijing, China. April 29, 1996. the same in every traditional Jingju performance, and he is distinct from a laosheng. The hua xuezi (flowered xuezi) they wear falls from the shoulders, laps over to the right side, and has floral embroidery around the collar and on the left side of the hem. Their pale makeup has a dusting of light pink around the eyes and between their brows.

Photographs of Jingju performances from the first half of the twentieth century illustrate that fairly recent costumes differ considerably from the current style. For example, the size and density of the embroidery has simplified, and the forms of some costumes have changed. The costumes continue to evolve within the pattern of the performance aesthetic. The Four Major Costumes. In current usage, there are four garment types that comprise the greater part of the Jingju wardrobe for traditional plays, mang (Fig.

Building on the incomparable sumptuousness of the clothing of the Chinese imperial court, the costumes in traditional Jingju have reached a magnificence of textile expression and beauty in their own right. Fashioned from brilliantly colored silk fabrics and lavishly hand-embroidered with multicolored and metallic threads in exquisite floral and faunal ornamentation, each costume projects an image of unmatched elegance. When the figures attired in this brilliant dress are viewed in combination with their elaborately evocative face painting and glittering rhinestone-bejeweled and pearled headdresses, the combination creates an image of breathtaking beauty.

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