Spent part of a very wintery afternoon yesterday in the NGV International taking in the last day of the Bugatti show and the early days of the exhibition of embroidered Chinese robes.

Firstly, Bugatti.  As an old car nut from way back, the chance to see a couple of examples of these amazing cars was too good to pass up.  Combined with the amazing bronzes of Rembrandt and the inspired furniture of Carlos, it made for interesting viewing.

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The experience was spoiled by the constant ‘requests’ by the gallery staff not to use flashes when taking photographs – signage at the door may well have alleviated this issue.

The viewing experience in “Dressed to Rule” was an entirely different kettle of fish – quiet and uncluttered; atmospherically lit to highlight the amazing embroidered silk robes from the Imperial Courts of Peking, it was a pleasure to view.

I had a minor disagreement with my camera – digitals can be great but when they have a mind of their own and won’t respond to you turning off the flash… gggrrrrr!!

Dragons featured on many courtly robes... usually nine at a time... there is one hidden on the inner lining of this garment.

Dragons featured on many courtly robes... usually nine at a time... there is one hidden on the inner lining of this garment.

Anyway –  I resorted to the trusty camera in the mobile phone and captured a couple of shots of the dragon robes…..there were several more robes in the collection featuring dragons but I thought these would suffice!

A less colourful design but the nine dragons are featured - including the one hidden!

A less colourful design but the nine dragons are featured - including the one hidden!

Two samples of uncut robes were amongst the collection – all the embroidery had been completed on the lengths of silk fabric however the garment had never been completed.  This enables us to see and appreciate the manner in which these garments were constructed and to admire the amount of hand work required for such delicate and complex embroidery.

There are floor talks, films and lectures associated with this exhibition – one of which is highly recommended to embroiderers.  This is to be held in June.

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