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‘Tian Do Mo Hun’ dress by Xiong Ying

Designed by Xiong Ying, 2014.
This silk dress painted with a landscape design in black ink is titled 'Tian Do Mo Hun'. It was designed by Xiong Ying, the Chief Designer of Heaven Gaia which is a Beijing-based Chinese fashion brand, founded in 2013. Xiong Ying was a well-established fashion stylist in China, with regular clients such as artists, celebrities, famous TV hosts as well as major TV channels.

Xiong Ying says that the Beijing Old Summer Palace was the inspiration for this collection. 'We have utilised selected materials, sophisticated technology, exquisite workmanship, to present a seamless integration of the Chinese traditional charm and contemporary fashion style' she says. Her designs are elaborate, mixing dip-dyed silk, traditional Suzhou embroideries, silk tapestry and hand painted motifs along with a few feathered embellishments on gowns and separates with details like Mandarin collars and covered button fastenings. Her interpretation of Chinese handicrafts is, in general, airy and light, with white backgrounds to many designs graduating into pale green and lilac shades. This particular dress was painted with black ink with a theme of traditional landscape painting. The title of the dress 'Tian Do Mo Hun' literally translate as heaven and earth and ink and spirit.

Min-Jung Kim
March 2017


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Object Statement

Dress, 'Tian Do Mo Hun', silk / textiles / paint, designed by Xiong Ying, Beijing, China, 2014, for Heaven Gaia, Beijing, China, 2014, for Spring / Summer collection, 2015

Physical Description

Dress consists of long sleeve cream silk bodice hand painted with images of mountains and trees in black ink with floor length skirt. Skirt is pleated and sheer, with small train at back. Bodice appears like a jacket over the skirt with black knot style buttons down centre front. Skirt is created by four lengths of fabric secured to the lower bodice which slightly overlap, creating four splits that extend from waist to floor.


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Xiong Ying 2014


Heaven Gaia 2014


Dress designed by Xiong Ying who is the Chief Designer of Heaven Gaia which was founded in 2013.



This dress was designed by Ms Xiong Ying for Heaven Gaia in Beijing in 2014 and was shown at Beijing Fashion Week 2015. It was also shown in Sydney, 'Chinese Silk Fashion Show: Tradition Meets Trend" both at Pitt Street Mall in Sydney on 5 November 2016 and MAAS on 2 November 2016. It was donated after the show by Ms Xiong Ying.


Credit Line

Gift of Xiong Ying, 2017

Acquisition Date

12 April 2017

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'Tian Do Mo Hun' dress by Xiong Ying 2020, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 4 August 2020, <>


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