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Fan Bingbing as Wu Zetian in The Empress of Ch…

Fan Bingbing as Wu Zetian in The Empress of China

Fan Bingbing as Wu Zetian in The Empress of …

Fan Bingbing as Wu Zetian in The Empress of China

Hi! Do you know if there's a particular n…

Hi! Do you know if there's a particular name for the looped hairstyles like these: i[.]pinimg[.]com/564x/44/57/36/445736c8e7a0ffd0399993a0bb6c84c0[.]jpg & i[.]pinimg[.]com/564x/6b/e3/41/6be341d1db1fdd490473697594ad782b[.]jpg (and were they actually from the Tang Dynasty like the source said?)

Hi, thanks for the question!

These two looped hairstyles, worn by Fan Bing Bing as Wu Zetian in the Chinese drama “The Empress of China”, are unique styles with individual names. The first style is called 双环望仙髻/Shuang Huan Wang Xian Ji (Double Hooped Immortal-Seeking Ji), and the second style is called 飞仙髻/Fei Xian Ji (Flying Immortal Ji). “Ji/髻” refers to any hairstyle involving pulling hair on top of the head. Let’s take a look at each one:

1. 双环望仙髻/Shuang Huan Wang Xian Ji (Double Hooped Immortal-Seeking Ji):

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For this hairstyle, the hair is split into two parts, and black yarn or ribbons are used to form hoops above the head. For the finishing touch, a small Buyao (hairpin with decorations that swing as you walk) is added to the front. The hairstyle originally developed from an earlier style called 双环髻/Shuang Huan Ji (Double Hooped Ji), which was popular among single women and court ladies during the Wei/Jin and Northern & Southern dynasties. The Double Hooped Immortal-Seeking Ji was fashionable during the Tang – Song dynasties:

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2. 飞仙髻/Fei Xian Ji (Flying Immortal Ji):

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This hairstyle, which consists of two tall twin loops on either side of the head, first appeared during the Han dynasty. Legend has it that during that time, the Heavenly Mother of the Jade Palace visited Emperor Wu Di. He was so astounded by the visit that he recorded the flying immortals’ hairstyle, and asked his court maidens to imitate it. The Flying Immortal Ji is thus commonly used in depictions of immortals. It was also worn by young girls, as well as being a popular hairstyle for traditional dances and performances:   

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To create the hairstyle, start with a high ponytail atop the head. Next, split the hair into two segments and form each into a loop, and then wrap the ends around the base of the ponytail. Use hairpins to keep the coils of hair in place, and reinforce with another hair tie as needed. Finally, decorate generously with hair accessories. Semiprecious stone pins, jade combs, and delicate ornaments of metal were popular choices of the past.

For a visual depiction of how the Flying Immortal Ji is created, there’s a helpful video tutorial here:

The back is just as beautiful as the front!

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Hope this helps!

Sources: 1, 2, 3, 45

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hi ! so less of a hanfu or style question… but i was wondering what dynasty do you suppose ' the rise of the phoenixes ' uses mainly as it's material? i saw your post about the clothing style used seeming to be closely tied to tang the tang dynasty.

Hi! Yep, as I described in my post, the costumes in “The Rise of Phoenixes” mainly use the Tang dynasty as their reference material. If you look through my Tang dynasty tag, you can see how the clothes are very similar to those in the show ^^

Hello :), I have a question, in Mo Dao Zi Shi …

Hello :), I have a question, in Mo Dao Zi Shi donghua Hiang Cheng and Wei WuXian wear a sleeveless type of overgarment, what is this called? It doesn't show up a lot when you look for men's hanfu, and I can't seem to get the name of this overgarment.

Hi! I haven’t read/watched Modao Zushi, but I think I know what you’re talking about – the sleeveless overgarments depicted here, right?:

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So….to be honest, I’m not completely sure what they are ^^;;; The closest type of hanfu they resemble (to me, anyway) is Banbi/半臂 (half-sleeve jacket). Banbi can be worn open in a parallel style, and the shortness of its sleeves can vary. Some examples:

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It’s very possible that this particular sleeveless garment (which appears quite often in historical Chinese dramas as well – see below: examples from Cdrama “The Legend of Dugu”) is not based completely on historical clothing, but is rather the product of the artists/designers taking some creative liberties with fashion.

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Perhaps some other knowledgeable folks can shed more light on the matter (@Fouryearsofshades)?

Hope this helps!

Hey i just finished the king's woman what…

Hey i just finished the king's woman what did you think of it if you've seen it

Hi! I actually haven’t watched “The King’s Woman”, sorry ^^;;