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Panel from a woman’s skirt 绣花缎裙

This skirt’s pleats feature rows of colorfully embroidered insects—including butterflies, cicadas, and crickets.

Woman’s jacket

Cosmological beliefs widespread in Qing-Dynasty China associated the color red with happiness, summer, and the prime of life.

Vest 坎肩

In hot, humid summer months, men and women sometimes wore bamboo vests or jackets next to their skin.

Pair of woman’s shoes 三寸金莲

Despite many stylistic similarities between fashionable Han and Manchu dress during the late Qing, footwear remained a principal differentiating marker between upper-class women of these two ethnicities.

Tobacco pouch with crane and shou (long life) character 寿字仙鹤刺绣烟袋

Many traditional Chinese and Manchu garments included no pockets, so men and women carried fans, eyeglasses, chopsticks, incense, money, tobacco, and other small personal objects in decorative bags.

Woman’s riding jacket 女式琵琶襟马褂

As illustrated by this woman’s jacket, wide sleeves and elaborately decorated hems and borders became extremely fashionable in nineteenth-century China.

For the Record: The Art of Lily Spandorf

This exhibition—presented at the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum and co-produced and co-curated with the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.—explored the artwork of Austrian-born watercolorist and journalist Lily Spandorf (1914-2000). Working with pen, ink, watercolor, and gouache, Spandorf became known for the news illustrations she created for the Washington Star, Christian Science Monitor, and Washington Post, among many other periodicals. Late in her career she became celebrated for passionately recording the transformation of Washington, D.C.’s urban landscape, especially the many red-brick, late-nineteenth-century buildings facing demolition, being demolished, or whose historical contexts were erased for modern construction.