Hong Kong artist Li Xiaofeng, creates clothing from porcelain fragments from the Ming, Qing and Song dynasties and even more amazing are that they are wearable. Lacoste included his work in their Collector’s Series – a limited edition polo to wear right off the rack. Since China forbids the export of artifacts, Xiaofeng hand painted new ceramic bowls and added the Lacoste logo to them. Lacoste challenged him to create two different polos for the 2010 Holiday Collector’s Series. For the limited edition printed polo, he chose blue and white shards with lotus and children designs from the Kangxi Period (1662 – 1772 AD) of the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911 AD). The lotus grows from mud underwater to emerge as a flower, symbolising purity and rebirth. Images of babies represent fertility, as during that period the high infant mortality rate meant that people decorated ceramics with babies hoping they would be blessed with children.

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