Foshan China 2021-03-17
Gambiered gauze dress, designed by Kathrin. (Photo by Shenzhen Sea World Culture and Art Center).
Recently, sponsored by the British V&A Museum and the China National Silk Museum, an annual exhibition "Fashion from Nature" was held at the Shenzhen Sea World Culture and Art Center. The exhibition incorporated 400 global fashion treasures spanning a history of 2,300 years, including three modern gambiered Canton gauze dresses designed by German artists Kathrin von Rechenberg (hereinafter referred to as Kathrin).
Born in Munich, Germany, Kathrin was a world-renowned fashion designer for high-end brands such as Dior and Chanel. Once she made her first encounter with an elegant Chinese fabric called gambiered Canton gauze by chance and has fallen in love with it ever since. Her passion for this fabric drove her to explore a new journey in China. All collections from her brand “Rechenberg” use gambiered Canton gauze produced in Shunde, Foshan as the only fabrics.
The 400 pieces on the exhibition include clothing, hats, jewelry, shoes, bags and an eye-dazzling array of textiles and fabrics. Some of them are collections from the British V&A Museum – A copy version of dragon robe worn by Emperor Yongzheng, a 1780 men's vest embroidered with playful macaque patterns, a pair of Hezhe short boots made of fish skin and so on. In addition, some hot luxurious clothing lines have also taken a place on the show - Dior, Gucci, Burberry, Stella McCartney – with exquisite designs from noted designers like Kathrin, Tan Yanyu and Deng Dazhi.
"The Emperor of Kowloon" dress, by Deng Dazhi, from China National Silk Museum. (Photo by Shenzhen Sea World Culture and Art Center).
Hezhe fish-skin short boots, from China National Silk Museum. (Photo by Shenzhen Sea World Culture and Art Center).
The exhibition Site (Photo by Shenzhen Sea World Culture and Art Center).
What makes Kathrin’s designs unique among others lies in her ability to not only maintain the signature colors of gambiered Canton gauze, but also shape the fabric in a never-seen-before way.
Kathrin flew to Lunjiao, Shunde especially for the dyeing process, and didn’t start the cutting work until the fabric colors was well settled over 2 years in Beijing. “The fabric is shaped in a unique way that looks light and layered. With these three dresses. Kathrin made innovations over traditional gambiered Canton gauze clothes, giving it a modern sense.” Kathrin’s husband Zhang Xiangyun told us.
Nine dyes listed from Qianlong clothing archives in the Qing Dynasty (Photo by Shenzhen Sea World Culture and Art Center).
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