Character Portraits and Speculation on Rank of Colors in Female Prime Minister
In the meantime, enjoy these lovely portraits from the costume fitting session during production.
|Gao Zhan, Prince of Changguang|
|Gao Yin, Emperor of Northern Qi|
|Xiao Guanyin, Noble Consort of Gao Yin|
|Lou Qingqiang, niece of the Empress Dowager and cousin to the emperor|
|Empress Dowager Lou|
|Shen Bi, Lu Zhen's nemesis and love rival|
|He Danniang, Lu Zhen's best friend|
|Shen Jiayan, military officer and Gao Zhan's love rival|
Court Robe Color Code
Throughout the series, the color of Lu Zhen's official robes changes dramatically. I know each color represents a specific rank within the imperial bureaucracy. During the Song Dynasty, lowest ranks wore blue, then green for those below 6th rank. If you attained 5th rank or higher, then you wore red. Deep purple was reserved for the highest court officials who attained 3rd or higher ranks. Since the Song Dynasty existed more than 400 years after Northern Qi, it wouldn't make sense to apply Song Dynasty's court robe color designation in Northern Qi. Lu Zhen's era followed more closely to Han Dynasty code of dress than the later Tang or Song Dynasties when the green/red/purple color coded court robe reached full maturity in its implementation. But it seems the costume designer for this drama decided to roughly follow this color code with a few creative tweaks.
I speculate the order of court robes to be (lowest to highest):
- blue sheen over solid yellow (Danniang's robe above),
- golden beige (below),
- royal purple
- burgundy (Prime Minister robe)
I'm not certain about the order of the orange and golden beige robes, or which one actually comes first. Do any of you have a clue?
|Lu Zhen with her mentor, Madam Du|