Chinese Cultural Lecture Highlights Classical Costumes in Mauritius

April 19, 2017
Editor: Gretchen Zhou
Chinese Cultural Lecture Highlights Classical Costumes in Mauritius

The Mauritian President Bibi Ameenah Firdaus Gurib-Fakim meets with Chu and her group. [cn.chinaculture.org]

 

A themed lecture entitled, A Millennium Appointment: Classical and Fashionable Chinese Costumes, with an accompanying fashion show was successfully held in Mauritius from April 3-4.

Co-organized by the International Department of the Chinese Ministry of Culture, the Chinese Embassy in Mauritius and the Mauritius Chinese Culture Center, the event invited Professor Chu Yan from the Beijing Institute of Clothing Technology (BICT), also the chief designer for the 2014 APEC officials' attire to Mauritius, to share the classicism and fashion of Chinese costumes with Mauritian people through various activities.

Chinese Costumes Deeply Impress Mauritian President

On April 3, Mauritian President Bibi Ameenah Firdaus Gurib-Fakim met with Chu and her group, showing her keen interest in fashion and beauty.

Fakim spoke highly of the contributions made by the embassy and culture center in enhancing Chinese culture and enriching Mauritius' cultural diversity. She also hoped this activity could further strengthen Mauritian people's understanding of traditional Chinese culture.

At the meeting, Fakim highly praised the exquisite fabric and pattern of a tailor-made Chinoiserie long dress, which was a gift sent by Chu to the president.

Chinese Clothes Shine Light in Mauritius

Entitled, Outstanding Mauritian Women's Salon, the first lecture was launched on the afternoon of April 3. Distinguished guests including Mauritian Prime Minister's wife, local top-level officials and their wives and female officials from the embassy attended the activity.

"Some grand and imposing features can be found in Chinese costumes in the flourishing Han (202BC-220 AD) and Tang (618-907 AD) dynasties whist the Song (960-1279 AD) and Ming (1368-1644 AD) dynasties saw more elegance and simplicity. The Qing Dynasty (1644-1911 AD), however, presents an extravagant and detailed style..." introduced Chu neatly. The changes in styles of Chinese clothes through history deeply impressed the audience.

Later, some further demonstrated works created by Chinese designers of the new generation, who seek inspiration from traditional art forms such as mural, spinning and dyeing, and who combine these with peculiar modern features, "allowed the audience to experience a fresh, fashionable outlook of the new China" , according to a commentator.

Communication and Appreciation Contribute to Mutual 'Beauty'

The second lecture and its accompanying fashion show kicked off on the evening of April 4. Some renowned guests in Mauritian fashion, film and cultural circles including President of Manritius' Fashion & Design Institute (FDI) Ms Pushpanjali Luchoo and Director of the Mauritian National Film Development Corporation Sachin Jootun , joined with some 200 students from the FDI to attend the event.

With the audience's heated discussion and rousing applause heard from time to time, the one hour lecture given by Chu indulged the audience in the unique beauty of Eastern dresses. 

After the lecture, the fashion show with the first half demonstrating representative works with classical and modern elements and the latter half displaying preeminent works created by Chu's students, pushed the event to a new high.

At last, Chu outlined the similarity, the attachment to an open, inclusive and diverse culture, shared by China and Mauritius, and concluded the event as "successful" by re-stressing their goal: enhancing cultural communication and appreciating the diversity of beauty at an interview with the Mauritian National TV channel.

 

Chinese Cultural Lecture Highlights Classical Costumes in Mauritius

The first lecture: Mauritian Prime Minister's wife gives regards to Chu Yan. [cn.chinaculture.org]

Chinese Cultural Lecture Highlights Classical Costumes in Mauritius

The second lecture: Chu Yan demonstrates the history of Chinese culture. [cn.chinaculture.org]

Chinese Cultural Lecture Highlights Classical Costumes in Mauritius

The second lecture: Chu Yan demonstrates the history of Chinese culture. [cn.chinaculture.org]

Chinese Cultural Lecture Highlights Classical Costumes in Mauritius

The second lecture: A Mauritian member of the audience listens carefully. [cn.chinaculture.org]

Chinese Cultural Lecture Highlights Classical Costumes in Mauritius

The second lecture: Preeminent works created by Chu's students [cn.chinaculture.org]

Chinese Cultural Lecture Highlights Classical Costumes in Mauritius

One of Chu's works [cn.chinaculture.org]

Chinese Cultural Lecture Highlights Classical Costumes in Mauritius

One of Chu's works [cn.chinaculture.org]

 

(Source: cn.chinaculture.org/Translated and edited by Women of China)

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