THE ARTIST PROJECT: Lee Mingwei On Chinese Ceremonial Robes
"You can change your skin and put on a different robe and you’re a different person." Conceptual artist, Lee Mingwei, describes the strict symbolism on three Chinese ceremonial robes. Weaving dragons surrounded by wavy clouds and soft fire is reserved for emperors, who are as mystical and powerful as the design.
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