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Chinese hanfu hair style of Weijin period 魏晋风汉服发型教程

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 A collection of art depicting Chinese women’s hairstyles over the years, from

行者先生 on weibo (link

It’s obvious how beauty standards have evolved greatly over the years…what one might consider a beauty in the past might not be the same now, and vice versa. 

Tbh, if the Four Great Beauties all time-travelled to the present, I wonder if they’ll still be as praised?

Also, whenever someone says they like Tang Dynasty makeup and hairstyles, I’m usually all ‘you know what you’re saying?’ because while Tang hanfu is lovely, the makeup and hair isn’t exactly what people now (2010s) will consider flattering.

While Tang dynasty makeup can be a bit Out There* it doesn’t hold a candle to the face-wide crimson shading and applique crystals look the Song empresses seem to have been going for. (I’m pretty ignorant about what may have led to any of those things being popular, or whether this is something restricted to imperial women, so if anyone has anymore info, give me a plug!)

I love how the crowns have full sets of figurines crafted into them!

* Although those moth eyebrows speak to my soul. 

Fig. 1 

The Official Imperial Portrait of Empress Liu (969–1033) (detail), hanging scroll, Palace Museum Taipei

Fig. 1  The Official Imperial Portrait of Empress Zheng (1079–1131)

(detail), hanging scroll, Palace Museum Taipei

Fig. 1  The Official Imperial Portrait of Empress Wu (1114–1197)

(detail), hanging scroll, Palace Museum Taipei

(link for first pick) (link for the second pic) (link to source for the third pic) 

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Boyish styles in the Tang.  This style of outfit, a flipped-collar robe 翻领服,  has influences from the nomadic tribes that the Tang dynasty traded with. The belt is used to hold many items for use.   In the Tang dynasty, both Central Asian/Persian styles as well as crossdressing (females wearing traditionally male clothing) was popular.

On the left is a cartoonist’s recreation from a variety of paintings and sculptures, and on the right is a Tang-dynasty figure.

“Liang Liang/涼涼 (Chill)” –  Ending theme son…

“Liang Liang/涼涼 (Chill)” –  Ending theme song of 2017 Chinese TV drama “Eternal Love/三生三世十里桃花”, played on the Guzheng/古箏

(Chinese zither).

Are you watching The Rise of the Phoenixes on …

Are you watching The Rise of the Phoenixes on Netflix? If so what’s your fav outfit so far?

Hi, thanks for the question!

I’m going to combine this question with another one I received that mysteriously disappeared (tumblr must’ve eaten it…), which asked to identify the clothing in “The Rise of Pheonixes”. Disclaimer that I haven’t watched the actual show, so everything here is going to be based off of photos. 

Similar to “The Empress of China”, the costumes in “The Rise of Phoenixes” are mostly based on Tang dynasty hanfu, with some creative liberties taken by the designers. Female lead Feng Zhiwei’s most commonly worn female outfit is the

chest-high ruqun, an outfit consisting of a top (ru) and skirt (qun), in which the skirt is tied above the breasts or at the bust point. It’s often accessorized with a large-sleeve outer robe called daxiushan.

Feng Zhiwei seems to be fond of wearing sheer ru & matching qun and daxiushan cut from the same cloth:


Sometimes she’ll wear a short outer skirt called weichang over the qun (in the outfit below, the weichang and daxiushan are matching):


This outfit comprises a non-sheer purple ru & dark blue polka-dotted weichang, as well as a light purple beizi (jacket):


Ruqun is often accessorized with a long scarf called pibo, that’s worn wrapped around the arms & behind the back, as can be seen in the photo on the left:


Another style of women’s hanfu on the show is heziqun, an outfit that consists of the hezi (strapless chest cover), skirt (qun), and top (ru). The hezi is worn over the top, and a thin cloth belt is typically used to hide the joint between the hezi and skirt. Heziqun is also accessorized with daxiushan and pibo:


Feng Zhiwei also wears parallel-collar waist-high ruqun:


…and what appears to be a zhiju (straight-hem robe): 


The male costumes worn on the show are mainly based on Tang, Song, and Ming dynasty fashions, and mostly comprise a variety of round-collar clothing based on the hanfu styles of

yuanlingpao, yuanlingshan, and lanshan.
Feng Zhiwei’s most common male outfit is the yuanlingpao (round-collar robe):


Here are some of the various round-collar outfits worn by the men on the show, including male lead Ning Yi:


Here’s Ning Yi in mianfu, the ceremonial hanfu of the Emperor:


As for the question of what my favorite outfit is – personally, from looking at the photos, I find the male costumes more captivating than the female ones. Still, if I had to choose a favorite outfit worn by Feng Zhiwei, it’d be this ruqun below (the outfit also appears in this gifset). I love the sheer ru and the earthy color scheme:

For favorite male outfits, I really like the dark brown yuanlingpao worn by Ning Yi in this shot. It goes really well with his long black hair and blue tuanshan (fan):


Finally, of course we can’t forget assassin/bodyguard Gu Nanyi’s Wuxia-inspired outfits – they make him look especially stunning!:


Hope this helps!

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Feng Zhiwei/Wei Zhi outfits

All of her female costumes are  Tang-dynasty ruquns, while most of her male costumes are Song and Ming-dynasty stylings.

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Motherland Chronicles II Week 3 – Hanfu portrait with Alodia Gosiengfiao ❤️

Emo post incoming: so I fell and hit the back of my head on the ground yesterday. No blood and fractures this time and I even managed to finish this week’s Motherland piece somehow. Triggered me emotionally though. It’s weird how we can be so affected when we’re decades away from certain memories, yet they can still hurt and make us so angry. Depression sucks.

I realized I’m not strong. Not as strong as I wanted to be or as strong as I thought I was. And I hate that I tried, or tried to appear to be for so long.

When no one visited me in the hospital at 7 I thought the loneliness was absolute and normal. When I went for air rifle training after watching my friend’s cremation I thought it was my duty as a pro. At 15, I didn’t know I needed time after a funeral. I hate that no one told me that I could take the time off. I hate that I didn’t care for myself more.

Screw being strong. The brave face you put on so others don’t need to feel bad and pity you, so they can praise you a little cuz it’s the right thing to be, fuck that. You be whatever you can be so you can go on. Because life does, and it’s not an anime.

You’ll never be the genius kid who fights and wins against adults, who gets the justice you deserve and serves it to those who hurt you. You can fight and you will lose. You’ll get beaten and broken to pieces. You don’t know the rules adults go by, and there will be no magical saviors.

But you can claw out of it with your own two hands. You can walk away. Sever your entire life and walked away. Sometimes that’s all we can do. Take what you can and keep living, because life goes on.

You don’t have to be strong. It’s enough to just keep trying, to have the will to go on. So love yourself a little and never give up. You are enough.

Photography: Jingna Zhang
Model: Alodia Gosiengfiao
Hair: Linh Nguyen
Makeup: Tatyana Harkoff

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