Qing court attire was divided into summer and winter clothing. The date of seasonal change of dress was decided by the Board of Rites and was issued as an imperial edict. The change into summer clothing was in the third lunar month, and change into winter clothing in the ninth lunar month. Regardless of the actual temperature at the time, once the edict had been issued, everyone was required to change into the appropriate seasonal clothing promulgated by the court.
The current robe with its fine gauze material was made for summer. It is woven with two front-facing dragon roundels on front and back, and two profile dragons on the shoulders, indicating that it was made for a first-rank prince.