“The Theater of Mao'er”
MUKZIN has been committed to recovering the order of history, influencing modern lives, and creating possibilities through the media of costumes. MUKZIN’s exploration of the balance of “Ying and Yang” in traditional Chinese culture finally rested on the “role of dan,” a performance art of male playing female roles in the Peking opera. The collection of MUKZIN uncovered the lost history behind “Mao’er Opera”, the female opera performance, and found solutions for future women. Inspired by renowned “roles of dan” created by the Peking opera master Mei Lanfang, specifically his roles in Farewell to My Concubine, Mu Guiying Takes Command, Dragon and Phoenix, the Drunken Concubine and the Five-flower Cave, MUKZIN restructured traditional Peking opera costumes and absorbed elements from the “Mao’er Opera” to present unique female images in the collection with special contours, structures and elements.