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Tunic - Xianggui

Xianggui

  • Object:

    Tunic

  • Place of origin:

    Beijing (Dress, made)
    Hong Kong (Textile, made)

  • Date:

    2016 (made)
    2015 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Xu, Rui, born 1976 (Maker, Designer)
    Jiang, Kinor (Dr) (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Metallised textile of organza, polyester silk coated with pure metals, agate buttons

  • Museum number:

    FE.107-2016

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Rui Xu (b. 1976) is an emerging fashion designer and artist from China. She is currently Associate Professor in Fashion at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, where she was trained. From 2014 to 2015, she furthered her practice at the Fashion Department of the Royal College of Art in London. She travels between Beijing and London as she establishes her luxury and read-to-wear brands.

This garment called Xianggui (‘a lady’s chamber’) is a recent work in Rui Xu’s luxury fashion brand XIANGWANGYI. It showcases a number of features in Rui’s designs: The textile is an innovative creation that Rui developed in collaboration with Dr Kinor Jiang, a professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. It involves metal plating onto natural textiles. The barrelled sleeves hark back to her early works that established her reputation, and adds a playful element that is often seen in her work. The cutting, especially the collar with agate buttons, references traditional qipao and demonstrates her skill in working with textiles.

Physical description

Tunic, made of grey-bronze metallised textile of organza, polyester silk coated with pure metals, and with agate buttons, in a qipao-style cutting, with ruffled collar and barrelled sleeves.

Place of Origin

Beijing (Dress, made)
Hong Kong (Textile, made)

Date

2016 (made)
2015 (made)

Artist/maker

Xu, Rui, born 1976 (Maker, Designer)
Jiang, Kinor (Dr) (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Metallised textile of organza, polyester silk coated with pure metals, agate buttons

Dimensions

Height: 112 cm maximum

Object history note

This tunic was newly made by Xu Rui in 2016 for the V&A.

Descriptive line

Tunic, 'Xianggui', silk organza, polyester silk, pure metals, agate, by Rui Xu, Beijing, China, 2016; textile by Dr Kinor Jiang, Hong Kong SAR, 2015

Materials

Organza; Synthetic silk; Metal; Agate

Techniques

Sewing; Metallizing

Categories

Fashion; Textiles; Costumes

Collection

East Asia Collection

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