Hats and other attire good enough for an empress. From the exhibition “Empresses of China’s Forbidden City”. Collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing.

Festive robe with bats, lotuses, and the character for longevity.
Festive robe with bats, lotuses, and the character for longevity. Jiaqing period, 1796–1820. Embroidery, polychrome and metallic-wrapped silk threads on silk tabby. Probably embroidered by the Imperial Silk Manufactory, Suzhou and tailored in the Imperial Workshop, Beijing. Palace Museum, Gu43302. © The Palace Museum. Fair use license. via http://www.alaintruong.com/archives/2018/08/18/36637303.html
Festive headdress with phoenixes and peonies.
Festive headdress with phoenixes and peonies. Tongzhi or Guangxu period, probably 1872 or 1888–89. Silver with gilding, kingfisher feather, pearls, coral, jadeite, ruby, sapphire, tourmaline, turquoise, lapis lazuli, and glass; frame: metal, wires with silk satin, velvet, and cardboard. Probably made in the Imperial Workshop, Beijing. Palace Museum, Gu59708. © The Palace Museum. Fair use license. via http://www.alaintruong.com/archives/2018/08/18/36637303.html
Court hat with phoenixes. 18th or 19th c.
Court hat with phoenixes. 18th or 19th c. Sable, velvet, silk floss, pearls, tiger’s-eye stone, lapis lazuli, glass, birch bark and metal with gilding, and kingfisher feather. Imperial Workshop, Beijing, presumed maker. Palace Museum, Gu60084. © The Palace Museum. Fair use license. via http://www.alaintruong.com/archives/2018/08/18/36637303.html
Pair of socks with phoenixes and other birds. Kangxi period, 1662–1722.
Pair of socks with phoenixes and other birds. Kangxi period, 1662–1722. Embroidery, polychrome, metallic-wrapped and peacock-filament-wrapped threads on silk satin with silk damask and silk lining. workshop, Probably made in a workshop in Jiangsu or Zhejiang province. Palace Museum, Gu61795. © The Palace Museum. Fair use license. via https://www.antiquesandthearts.com/empresses-of-chinas-forbidden-city-1644-1912/
Platform shoes with tiger heads, the character for longevity, and bats. Guangxu period, 1875–1908.
Platform shoes with tiger heads, the character for longevity, and bats. Guangxu period, 1875–1908. Appliqué, and silk satin. Platforms wood core covered with cotton and glass beads, Palace Museum, Gu61568. © The Palace Museum. Fair use license. via https://www.providencejournal.com/entertainmentlife/20181227/peabody-essex-museum-explores-history-of-three-women-who-ruled-china
Festive robe with eight dragon-phoenix roundels and twelve imperial symbols.
Festive robe with eight dragon-phoenix roundels and twelve imperial symbols. Guangxu period, about 1888–89. Embroidery, polychrome and metallic-wrapped silk threads on silk tabby. Imperial Silk Manufactory, Suzhou, embroidery. Imperial Workshop, Beijing, tailoring. Palace Museum, Gu44219. © The Palace Museum. Fair use license. via http://www.alaintruong.com/archives/2018/08/18/36637303.html
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