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Wedding Jacket

Type: For Ceremony and Ritual
Object Name: Wedding Jacket
Place Made: Asia: East Asia, China
Period: Mid 20th century
Date: c 1960
Dimensions: L 59 cm x W 45 cm
Materials: Rayon; metal fastener; metal sequin; glass bead
Techniques: Satin; machine-sewn; beaded; appliquéd; fringed
ID Number: T95.0164b
Credit: Gift of Elaine Chan

The extensive bead embroidery on this woman’s two-piece suit is reminiscent of the hand-sewn embellishment found in European couture. It echoes the symbolic designs of imperial dragon robes, with dragons, birds and phoenixes floating in the air above borders of stripes and flowers. The metal zipper on the jacket is a modern and somewhat discordant finishing touch.

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