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Moon-white Silk Gauze Palace Garment with Colored Embroidery of Butterflies

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Period: Guangxu reign (1875-1908), Qing dynasty (1644-1911)

Integrating blouse and longuette, the palace garment (gongzhuang) is decorated with several colorful ribbons under the waist. It is usually worn with an over-shoulder cape. The luxurious and elegant palace garment reinforces the  female beauty of slender and willowy figure. It usually serves as ordinary dress for imperial concubines or imperial princesses, and is later adopted also for the wardrobe of princesses and ladies from wealth families who would like to exhibit their social status. Sometimes, characters such as goddesses or fairies also wear this costume. 

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