Chinese Dress: From the Qing Dynasty to the Present

Chinese Dress: From the Qing Dynasty to the Present

Language: English

Pages: 240

ISBN: 0804836639

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Featuring over 450 archival photographs and line drawings, Chinese Dress: From the Qing Dynasty to the Present 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.

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embroidered on the squares and the military mandarins by animals. The ability of birds to fly high to heaven indicated the superiority of the civil mandarins over their military counterparts whose animals were earth-bound. Fig. 130 Fourth-rank civil mandarin in official informal dress comprising a calf-length, center-fastening surcoat with a rank badge and stiffened collar, over a long plain gown, ca.1900. Fig. 131 High-ranking mandarins wearing fur surcoats over their winter dragon robes,

local variations (Fig. 338). Fig. 326 Cantonese villager wearing a plain headband, making a palm leaf fan, Xinhui, Guangdong province, ca. 1925. Fig. 327 Left: Woman’s feather fan. Right: Man’s feather fan, early 20th century. Fig. 328 Cantonese woman wearing an apron and silver apron chain, New Territories, Hong Kong, 1979. Fig. 329 Cantonese woman wearing an embroidered and jeweled fa lap headband, Yuen Long, Hong Kong, 1979. Fig. 330 Cantonese villager in Guangdong province

coarse pink and red cotton, with a pocket at one end of the strap, the central satin panel lavishly embroidered with flowers, peacocks, and shou characters, late 19th c. Fig. 383 Clockwise from top left: Orange satin bootees with an embroidered dragon curling round; shoes made to represent the pig; red satin bootees with a design of lotus flowers, bats, and the shou character on the toes; shoes in the design of a tiger, all early 20th c. First Birthday Celebrations A child’s first

production will increase” below them, Guizhou, 1950s–1960s. Fig. 488 Miao child’s collar in the form of a bat, traditionally an emblem for happiness, with the characters “Give your youth to the motherland; close ranks, be tough, work hard,” Guizhou, 1950s–1960s. Fig. 489 Miao child’s hat in the form of a butterfly, symbolizing long life, with the characters “Young girls of New China enjoy beauty and prosperity,” Guizhou, 1950s–1960s. The People’s Liberation Army The Communist Red

allowed the country to open up again to the world, with, inevitably, Western influences filtering in via the media and foreign visitors. In Hong Kong, too, changes which began with the booming economy in the late 1970s saw long-established villages and market towns replaced by New Towns, each populated by more than half a million people. When I arrived in Hong Kong in 1973, villagers in the New Territories were still dressed in the traditional shan ku, the ubiquitous black pajamas worn for

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