Wedding Jacket, China, mid 20th century, rayon, metal fastener, metal sequin, glass bead. 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.
19th Century Chinese Monumental Tiered Wedding Chest