Exploring Power and Status – Imperial Chinese Court

17 May 2023, at Fylde Rugby Club

Below are some photos of this event


Lecturer David Rossier will give three lectures – Regulated Costume Regulations; Qing Dynasty 1644-1911; and Chinese High Society in the 19th Century, by David Rosier:

  • The first lecture looks at Regulated Costume Regulations which dates to China’s first dynasty – The Qin 221-206BCE. We will then trace the evolution of court costume through to the fall of the Ming Dynasty in 1644
  • The second lecture will focus on the last dynasty of China, Qing Dynasty 1644-1911. This will explore regulated, mandatory, formal Court Costume, dress accessories, plus Insignia of Rank, worn by members of the Chinese Imperial Clan, including the Emperor, and Civil and Military Officials. This period represented the pinnacle of artistic and technical creation.
  • The final lecture will consider informal wear and dress accessories for Chinese High Society in the 19th Century, where the wearer was no longer constrained by Imperial Regulations. These freedoms included robes, hats, collars, jewellery and footwear, including bound feet shoes.


David Rosier  has in excess of 25 years of working and living in Asia. Whilst living in Hong Kong (1991-2004) he assembled a collection of approximately 700, predominately Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), Imperial and related textiles/costume accessories. David is a past Committee Member of the Hong Kong Textile Society and a frequent speaker on Imperial Insignia and Badges of Rank.



Programme for the day

10.15 am Coffee/Tea on Arrival
10.45 – 11.15 am Court Costume Regulations 221BCE-1644CE
11.15 am – Short Break for Coffee/Tea
11.30 am – 12.30 pm  Imperial Court Costume & Insignia of Rank 1644-1911
12.45 – 2.00 pm Lunch
2.00 – 3.00 pm Informal Court Costume & Accessories, 19th Century

Tickets are £38 pp – includes three lectures, tea/coffee and a two course lunch. Tickets can be purchased at the February, March, April and May lectures. Payment can be made by cash, card or cheque. Alternatively, a brochure, including a booking form and lunch menu choices, can be downloaded here. Please print  the booking form and once completed return the form with your payment for £38.00 pp. (Cheques payable to ‘The Arts Society Fylde’).

Send to: Jean Holland, ‘The Hollies’, 151 Hardhorn Road,  Poulton-le-Fylde FY6 8ES. Tel: 07859 006639 Email: jeanho23@hotmail.com. Please enclose a stamped addressed envelope.