Women and Clothing in the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD) | Episode 3 | Chinese Clothing Through the Ages

歷代中國服飾三 | 唐朝

The Tang dynasty (618-907 AD) is famous for being a period that embraced diverse cultures and looser social norms. Did the ill-fated Yang Guifei, blamed for destroying an empire with her voluptuous beauty, reflect the unusual beauty standards of the entire Tang dynasty? We take a look at how women’s fashions of the Tang were influenced not only by the cultures along the Silk Road, but also by traditionally masculine ways of dress.

This video is the third of six episodes covering historical Chinese clothing through the ages, from the Spring-Autumn Period to the 20th century. Subscribe to see the next episode on Song Dynasty fashions, coming to you soon!




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