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Art Students Inspired by Imperial Chinese Textiles

Date Posted: 09/11/2015 | Posted In: Latest news

David Rosier, an accredited National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) lecturer, visited QE to deliver two talks on Imperial Chinese Costume and Textiles. Students were inspired by the beautiful examples of embroidered silk textiles he brought with him from his personal collection.

David’s lectures on “A Journey Through and Beyond the Emperor’s Wardrobe,” provided an insight into how highly decorative and expertly created costume and textiles were utilised at the Chinese Imperial Court to donate rank and status to the wearer. The sixty Art & Design students who participated were fascinated to learn how the exquisite, highly decorative insignia and symbols, defined within extensive regulations, strictly identified where the wearer resided in the twelve power ranks of the Imperial Family.

Kath Wiper, Head of the Art Foundation Course at QE said:

“The response to David’s lectures was extremely positive and the students were totally engaged and absorbed into the magic of a culture that was articulated through such specialist knowledge and insight. There was a great appreciation of the superb textiles that were put on display and seeing such artefacts in detail was inspirational.’’

This was the first time that David had lectured to a young audience and he commented:

“The students were receptive and respectful of the textiles and asked pertinent and challenging questions – they were a credit to their College.’’