“Chang’an 24 Hours”: Perfect Reproduction of Tang Dynasty Hanfu

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Recently, a TV play, “Chang’ an 24 Hours (长安十二时辰)” is very attractive! It tells the story of the hero defending Chang’an City from the enemy’s destruction during the Tang Dynasty. In addition to the glamorous actors, the play also pays tribute to the culture and history of the Tang Dynasty, including traditional costumes, weapons, makeup, architecture and Lantern Festival costumes, which are carefully reproduced on the basis of historical data.

"Chang'an 24 Hours": Perfect Reproduction of Tang Dynasty Hanfu
Chang’an City and Dancers in TV Series

Today, let’s take a look at the Tang Dynasty hanfu in the TV series.

Let’s start with the Taoist costumes worn when Jackson Yi appeared. Because of the prevalence of Taoism in the Tang Dynasty, Taoist costumes can be divided into five parts: Tao scarf, Tao crown, Tao gown, shoes and socks, and decoration.
Taoist priests have different ranks and wear different clothes. The crane is a commonly used pattern in Taoism, known as “the emergence of immortals into the sky”.

"Chang'an 24 Hours": Perfect Reproduction of Tang Dynasty Hanfu

Men basically wear round collars robe. “Round collar” refers to a collar type that does not wrap around the neck. A button often falls on the right side of the wearer’s collar. On informal occasions, the buttons can also be unbuttoned to make the neckline hang down naturally.

"Chang'an 24 Hours": Perfect Reproduction of Tang Dynasty Hanfu

"Chang'an 24 Hours": Perfect Reproduction of Tang Dynasty Hanfu
Tang Dynasty-Terracotta Warriors

"Chang'an 24 Hours": Perfect Reproduction of Tang Dynasty Hanfu

In addition, the dressing group of Chang’ an 24 Hours strictly compares the dress tone and brocade weaving process of officials of different grades with that of the Tang Dynasty. Although there are still some deficiencies in details, it basically meets the color standard of public clothes.

"Chang'an 24 Hours": Perfect Reproduction of Tang Dynasty Hanfu
Purple is the highest grade and the rank decreases in turn.

In the flourishing Tang Dynasty, women wore short shirts and qixiong-dress. In the Tang Dynasty, which regards fat as beauty, this kind of dress can modify women’s figures and appear graceful and tall. Generally speaking, accessories include combs, hairpins, and Yinluo. In addition, in the Tang Dynasty, it was also very popular for women to dress as men, so women wearing round collars robe often appeared.

"Chang'an 24 Hours": Perfect Reproduction of Tang Dynasty Hanfu "Chang'an 24 Hours": Perfect Reproduction of Tang Dynasty Hanfu

In the Tang Dynasty, because of the integration of various ethnic cultures, women began to ride horses and shoot arrows, not only wearing men’s clothes, but also fully armed, wearing bows and arrows, and so on. Women wearing men’s clothes is an open scene in the flourishing Tang Dynasty and a symbol of fashion.

"Chang'an 24 Hours": Perfect Reproduction of Tang Dynasty Hanfu
From the ancient painting Han Xizai’s Banquet Picture, we can see the characteristics of men’s and women’s clothing at that time.

For more information about Chinese hanfu, you can click here to see.

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