Dressed to Rule: 18th Century Court Attire in the Mactaggart Art Collection by John E. VollmerDressed to Rule: 18th Century Court Attire in the Mactaggart Art Collection by John E. Vollmer

Dressed to Rule: 18th Century Court Attire in the Mactaggart Art Collection

byJohn E. VollmerForeword byJanine Andrews

Paperback | October 15, 2007

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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.
John E. Vollmer is an internationally recognized curator and scholar in the fields of Asian art, textiles, costumes, decorative arts, and design. He is author of 30 museum exhibition catalogues and many academic and popular books and articles.
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Title:Dressed to Rule: 18th Century Court Attire in the Mactaggart Art CollectionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:72 pages, 10 × 10 × 0.3 inPublished:October 15, 2007Publisher:The university of Alberta PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1551952149

ISBN - 13:9781551952147

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"This coffee-table book is comprised of colour photographs and contemporary illustrations of the robes of the Emperor and his family and officials, with commentary on each plate and short chapters describing the Manchu philosophy of rule and how sartorial regulations reflected it." Lisa Arsenault, Canadian Book Review Annual 2008