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Wei Luo "A Study on the Influence of Mongol-Styled Clothing in the Society of the Ming Dynasty"

Thu, Jan 29, 6:00 pm
Education Building, Room 2101

A Study on the Influence of Mongol-Styled Clothing in the Society of the Ming Dynasty

Presented by Wei Luo

Thursday, January 29, 2015

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Education Building, Room 2101

*Light refreshments will be served*

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The Yuan Dynasty established by the Mongols is the first territorially integrated empire founded by an ethnic minority in Chinese history. A huge number of ancient objects, pictures and historical records have proven that in this dynasty, Mongol people’s distinctive clothing style, characteristic of their nomadic identity, exerted an influence upon the Chinese fashion design of that period. Even after the collapse of the Yuan Dynasty, Mongol-styled clothing did not disappear but became even more popular in various forms throughout the following Ming Dynasty. Some of the designs have even been inherited by the designers in the later Qing Dynasty. This lecture, by presenting the study result of the application of Mongol-styled clothing in the Ming Dynasty, attempts to, via clothing, discuss the changes of Chinese society transition which have been caused by the migration of ethnic groups in northern China to the hinterland.

Wei Luo (罗玮) is a PhD candidate at the Department of History at Peking University, China. He is also currently a visiting scholar in Department of Central Eurasian Studies (CEUS) at Indiana University. His study focuses on Mongol Empire and Yuan Dynasty history, and the topic of his PhD dissertation is the interaction and mutual interpretation between Mongol and Han culture in the Mongolian Empire and Yuan Dynasty.

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