Cantonese Opera Costumes of Yore – An Evolution in Trends and Craftsmanship
1/F Cantonese Opera Heritage Hall
Until early 2021
During the centuries-long evolution of Cantonese opera, its costuming practices have also gone through a lot of changes, improving and innovating according to the materials available, the artistic trends, market demands and the changing aesthetics of audiences. It is the collective creative efforts of Cantonese opera artists of different eras as well as the intelligence of the costumiers behind the scene.
2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the inscription of Cantonese opera onto UNESCO's Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Through this exquisite display of our prized collection, Hong Kong Heritage Museum is able to present the evolution of Cantonese opera costumes and the craftsmanship in different periods of time, with a view to paying tribute to the artists and crafters who had contributed tremendously to the development of Cantonese opera costumes through the ages.
Haiqing with Hand-painted Peony and Peacock Patterns
Early 20th Century
Densely Sequined Costume
1940s to 1950s
Postbill of the Wing Ngai Sheung Men and Women's Opera Troupe
Headgear for Fan Dou with Pink Velvety Balls
1960s to 1970s
Yam Kim Fai wears a kimono in Romance of Fuji Mountain
Pink Ceremonial Robe Embroidered with Dragon Roundels