Changing Clothes in China

Changing Clothes in China

Author: Antonia Finnane

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231512732

Category: History

Page: 360

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Based largely on nineteenth and twentieth-century representations of Chinese dress as traditional and unchanging, historians have long regarded fashion as something peculiarly Western. But in this surprising, sumptuously illustrated book, Antonia Finnane proves that vibrant fashions were a vital part of Chinese life in the late imperial era, when well-to-do men and women showed a keen awareness of what was up-to-date. Though foreigners who traveled to China in the early decades of the twentieth century came away with the impression that Chinese dress was simple and monotone, the key features of modern fashion were beginning to emerge, especially in Shanghai. Men in blue gowns donned felt caps and leather shoes, girls began to wear fitted jackets and narrow pants, and homespun garments gave way to machine-woven cloth, often made in foreign lands. These innovations marked the start of a far-reaching vestimentary revolution that would transform the clothing culture in urban and much of rural China over the next half century. Through Finnane's meticulous research, we are able to see how the close-fitting jacket and high collar of the 1911 Revolutionary period, the skirt and jacket-blouse of the May Fourth era, and the military style popular in the Cultural Revolution led to the variegated, globalized wardrobe of today. She brilliantly connects China's modernization and global visibility with changes in dress, offering a vivid portrait of the complex, subtle, and sometimes contradictory ways the people of China have worn their nation on their backs.

Chinese Dress

Chinese Dress

Author: Valery Garrett

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 9781462906949

Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 240

View: 859

Featuring over 450 archival photographs and line drawings, Chinese Dress traces the evolution of Chinese clothing from court and formal costumes to the fashions of modern China. A comprehensive and sumptuously illustrated book, Chinese Dress is the essential reference for costume historians, fashion designers and collectors, as well as lovers of beautiful clothes everywhere. Chapters include: Dress of the Qing Manchu Rulers 1644-1911 Dress of the Manchu Consorts 1644-1911 Attire of Mandarins and Merchants Attire of Chinese Women Republican Dress 1912-1949 Clothing of the Lower Classes Clothing for Children Dress in New China 1950-2006 From Imperial robes to foot binding to the cheongsam, Chinese Dress spotlights traditional Chinese dress against a background of historical, cultural and social change, opening a fascinating window for anyone seeking to deepen their understanding of China, Chinese culture and Chinese fashion history.

Chinese Dress Motifs

Chinese Dress Motifs

Author: Daisy Chu

Publisher: Page One Publishing Private Limited

ISBN: OCLC:318178797

Category: Color in art

Page: 207

View: 636

China has a long history of cloth making, and silk products were already available as early as the Yin Dynasty. The patterns selected for this book have been collected from clothing patterns of dynasties past.

Chinese Women and the Global Village

Chinese Women and the Global Village

Author: Jan Ryan

Publisher: Univ. of Queensland Press

ISBN: 0702234214

Category: Social Science

Page: 209

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This, the first major study of Chinese women in Australia, is all about global journeys and perspectives. It is also a story of the various stories that connect Australia to the pathways of women of Chinese ancestory. Ryan interrogates issues of ethnicity, gender and identity to present the diversity of the women's lives.