Romeo and Juliet. The story all romances are named for. And it’s the one story never left untold-no matter where you are in the world.
Tang Xian Zu, AKA Shakespeare of the east, authored a story known as the Romeo and Juliet of China. The Peony Pavilion takes home the gold as one of China’s timeless romantic stories.
Although the long version of this story is a beautiful one, god knows I wont keep your attention for that long. So I’ve provided a link to the full story for those of you interested in the fine print.
For those of you reading on your lunch break, here is a quick synopsis (I apologize to those of you already familiar with the story and feel that my short hand has cheapened it in any way)
Here it goes:
Girl meets perfect boy (obviously in her dreams J).
They share a passionate night in a field filled with peony blossoms.
Eventually, she awakes to reality L (typical)
Girl turns to despair- and in this story, well, she dies of heartache
Boy, doesn’t remember meeting girl (need I say more) until one day he stumbles upon her grave wondering to himself, who is this beautiful, show stopping, amazing girl that I’ve never noticed before? ( C’mon ladies, music to our ears, right?!)
Girl is revived to rejoin the love of her life and her family.
They live happily ever after.
Aside from the fact that this is THE MOST watered down, disgraceful version of the story probably ever told, my unfortunate lack for time and space leaves me no choice. Basically what you need to know is that The Peony Pavilion is one of the greatest document pieces in Chinese history. The entrancing operatic music, its tale of everlasting love, the important role of love and affection in human life and the interconnected relationship between life and death , man vs nature- lead to the gateway of a more beautiful and balanced world.
In an effort to translate the story through fashion, Liu QiongYing, founder of brand Sheme, debuted her Butterfly and Blossoms footwear collection at London Fashion Week 2013, fusing Eastern and Western elements together. This is the very first time a Chinese footwear designer has displayed a footwear collection at an international fashion event. Liu cooperated with Chinese clothing designer Ji Cheng, who has shown her ready-to-wear collection at London Fashion Week numerous times before. The dynamic duo presented a delicate and dreamlike exhibition featuring ready-to-wear and footwear, both inspired by The Peony Pavilion.
Liu and her team used the butterfly as their motif, to convey the fluttering romanticism of dancing butterflies, as seen in the story. Inspired by peony petals from the field of blossoms, they incorporated flower silhouettes into select styles. One style, the “deep courtyard” shoe, was embedded with more than 100 Swarovski crystals.
This is a major step for China’s footwear industry.
Plus, who wouldn’t want a pair of shoes that could literally carry you to the man of your dreams?
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