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Changing clothes in China : fashion, history, nation

Author: Antonia Finnane
Publisher: London : Hurst & Co., 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Finnane, Antonia.
Changing clothes in China.
London : Hurst & Co., 2007
(OCoLC)891646748
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Antonia Finnane
ISBN: 9781850658603 1850658609 9780231512732 0231512732
OCLC Number: 166381500
Description: xvii, 359 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 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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"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."--Jacket.

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'This attractive and approachable book presents an overview of Chinese dress, both male and female, from the late imperial period to the present. ... It is a significant addition to the literature Read more...

 
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