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Changing clothes in China : fashion, history, nation

Author: Antonia Finnane
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2008.
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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 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." "Through Finnane's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Finnane, Antonia.
Changing clothes in China.
New York : Columbia University Press, c2008
(OCoLC)608539060
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Antonia Finnane
ISBN: 9780231143509 0231143508 9780231512732 0231512732
OCLC Number: 84903948
Description: xvii, 359 p. : ill. (some col.), maps (some col.) ; 25 cm.
Contents: Introduction: fashion, history, nation --
Ways of seeing --
Fashions in late imperial China --
Soldiers and citizens --
The fashion industry in Shanghai --
Qipao China --
Her brother's clothes --
The new look in the new China --
Dressed to kill in the Cultural Revolution --
Breaking with the past --
Conclusion: fashion, history, time.
Responsibility: Antonia Finnane.
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It is clear from these pages how frequently the world of fashion has turned to China for inspiration. -- Susan Salter Reynolds Los Angeles Times 4/6/08 [A] beautifully illustrated book... with Read more...

 
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