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Hairstyles of China's Tang Dynasty Women by lilsuika Hairstyles of China's Tang Dynasty Women by lilsuika

References on my tumblr: nannaia.tumblr.com/post/780700…


Hairstyles

"In early Tang, hair ornaments were rather simple, but during the reign of Emperor Taizong the buns got higher and higher and the number of styles grew." (5000 Years of Chinese Costume, 77)

"During the earlier years of Emperor Xuanzong's rule, the Tartar hat was fashionable, but in the later years...many women opted for switch buns (also called 'false buns'). In late Tang and the Five Dynasties, the high buns were often decorated with different kinds of flowers." (5000 Years of Chinese Costume, 77)

“Ponytails were also quite popular among a small number of aristocratic ladies during the years of Tian Bao (Xuangzong’s reign). (5000 Years of Chinese Costume, pg. 84)


"Common women...preferred the 'tossing-up bun', with the hair at the temples embracing the buns were made higher and higher, and were decorated with flowers, which heralded the popularity of the flowery hats of the early Song Dynasty." (5000 Years of Chinese Costume, pg. 84 )

 

Makeup

"Women of the Tang Dynasty paid particular attention to facial appearance, and the application of powder or even rouge was common practice. Some women's foreheads were painted dark yellow and the dai (a kind of dark blue pigment) was used to paint their eyebrows into different shapes that were called dai mei (painted eyebrows) in general." (5000 Years of Chinese Costume, 77)

"...between the brows there was a colourful decoration called hua dian, which was made of specks of gold, silver and emerald feather. Some women painted their cheeks with motifs such as a moon or a coin, and their lips were also rouged." (5000 Years of Chinese Costume, 77)

"[The hua dian was] said to have originated in the Southern and Northern Dynasties. [...] In the Tang Dynasty, hua dian was either painted or made of tiny metal pieces." (5000 Years of Chinese Costume, pg. 86)

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CrashBandicoot2015 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015   Filmographer
same Japanese women 
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Anga300 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015
Second row, 2nd from the right is Thugnificent lol.
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Iroh345 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014
interesting.... I can see where George Lucas got his inspiration for the princess Leia ... for Star Wars...
also where bryan konietzko   and MICHAEL DANTE DIMARTINO: got their hairstyles for the Avatar Series   
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CartoonLover24509 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Student Photographer
I found this picture in a video I watched
m.youtube.com/watch?v=wiWEBzZo…
Skip to 5:31 for the picture :)
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XNeroxHeartxFujoshiX Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm in a bind and need somewhere with men and womens clothing from the Shang and Zhou Dynasties.
Any ideas?
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Marchjn Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2014
Please do some with Song dynasty!
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leahilluminates Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014
Do you know what the individual styles were called? I keep running across names in my own research, but none associated with an image - so I have all kinds of things like "double-ring fairy viewing bun" and I can only guess which one they mean.
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AnnaRIART Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*squeals!!! what I have wanted without knowing, I used to spend hours just resketching chinese hair from wuxia series for reference, they were so intricate to draw, especially if they had jewellery. 

I wonder how they made the wigs defy gravity. I'm guessing the wigs were made of human hair from the working class >.<

 o.o they were very complicated with fashion. Did they paint their cheeks or foreheads? And would you know if the dark yellow paint on the forehead was painted into patterns or just colour blocked. 
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0OBluubloodO0 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Women of the Tang use lead powder and clad on heavy rouge. Also the pattern on their forehead are not traditionally drawn, they are little gelatin stickers called 'hua dian'[花钿] where you peel one off and blow warm air on it to make it sticky, and then just paste it on the forehead carefully. :) 
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AnnaRIART Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for your information, it's very interesting =) I'm sure the lead powder cause much ill to their health and skin o.o It's such an art; the process that ancient Chinese women used to beautiful themselves. 
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stephanelee Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
Congrats, really a great job...may I ask  if possible to provide men customs  in Qing dynasty? ;-) 
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lilsuika Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014   Digital Artist
Perhaps sometime in the future. You can check out Qing Dynasty clothes here in the meantime:
www.pinterest.com/nduong08/chi…
www.pinterest.com/nduong08/qin…
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demcjojo Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014
this is very useful stuff....
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Yagamiseven Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
Really  cool
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Randamu-Chan Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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MU-Cheer-Girl Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Ah, hairstyles of Tang Dynasty... great job! This would actally make a useful reference, since I've got an OC who's a Tang Dynasty princess.
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darklord86 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
Amazing job!
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Ameban Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Very interesting. I always wondered about those fake eyebrows thing. And the hairstyles cannot be jelaous or French barocque ones.
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myboyrobin Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is very informative. Thank you so much for all your time and effort into researching all of this.^^
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lilsuika Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you for the kind words! It is always great fun working on these fashion timelines. :)
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ChibiMooshi Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Some of these hairstyles acutally look quite gorgeous :)
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lilsuika Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014   Digital Artist
I agree! I've always thought Tang Dynasty was the most fashionable period in Chinese history. :)
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c0okieThuMper Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha nice job! Chinese hairstyles always remind me of Mulan lol (maybe I'll try putting my hair up like those hairstyles when I'm at home)
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lilsuika Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014   Digital Artist
Here's a step by step reconstruction of a Tang dynasty woman's hairstyle. Might be fun to try! ;)
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Finf Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
Woah. How the hell did they get their hair that high up?
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lilsuika Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014   Digital Artist
Well... Japanese women in the Meiji period used pomade, pins, bars, strings, and false hair to hold the shape of their hair. Maybe that's how women in 7-10th century China did it.
Still for huge neck-breaking hairstyles, ancient Korea trumps all the others. :) 
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Finf Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
I just looked… 

                 How? They must've spent half the day just putting their hair up, then the other half taking it down!
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Finf Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2014
Oh cool, thanks for telling me :D
I haven't seen ancient Korean hairstyles yet...
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AlexandraAlex Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Student Filmographer
they had crazier hair than now adays!!... in a good way! :)
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suyuku-san Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Professional Writer
I really like some of the styles but others look kind of goofy I know it's the fashion for it's time but some look really complex and others look like that they are about to come undone. still it's really neat to see this so thanks for drawing it :aww: history can be both interesting and wonderful :la:
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lilsuika Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014   Digital Artist
Yes, to our modern eyes, some of these do look odd or goofy. But just think, according to Laver's Law of fashion, 10 years from now we'll be cringing at how hideousness 2014 fashion trends are. ;)
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