Those who are familiar with us will know that we’re called ‘After Midnight’ because that’s when I feel most creative and those who know me personally will also know that I like to work with something on in the background.
While working on a beret, I’ve recently started ‘re-watching’ The Empress of China and can I just express how in love I am with the costumes and hair accessories? They are AMAZING!!! Grab a drink and get comfy while I share 5 of my favourite costumes/ accessories worn by fan Bingbing as Wu Ruyi/ Wu Meiniang/ Wu Zetien.
#5 Imperial library – Lots of kanzashi flowers in the drama, I especially liked these from the early days.
(Q. Where did kanzashi come from? Were they an accessory of the Tang Dynasty or did the Tang court get it from Japan? I would like to know.)
#4 I don’t care as much for her hair accessories here but I love the costume and this scene with the chrysanthemum is one of my favourites.
#3 The colour scheme is so pretty and I love how grand and excessively luxurious this look is.
#2 This is definitely one of her simpler looks, I love the colour and how flowy this costume is and that the flower in her hair matches.
#1 While not the prettiest, this is my favourite look and to me, the most iconic look. This is the moment she becomes Empress and this look really shows it. I love the red and gold and how powerful this look is.
Even if you don’t care much for Chinese dramas, you should watch this for the eye candy.
This drama gives me cravings for traditional Chinese clothing and fancy headgear, every time I watch an episode of this I feel and urge to make and on that note, I will get back to buying materials.