China Chic

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East Meets West

Valerie Steele and John S. Major

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Fashion today is increasingly international and multicultural, and many designers are turning to Chinese clothing and decorative motifs for inspiration. Yet few people—western or Chinese—understand the historic significance of Chinese clothing. China Chic is the first book to explore the evolution of Chinese dress, from the dragon robes and lotus shoes of the imperial era to the creation of new fashions like the cheongsam and the “Mao suit” that symbolized modern Chinese identity.
For China specialists, the focus on fashion will open up an entirely new way of thinking about modern Chinese culture and society. For readers whose primary interest is fashion, China Chic demolishes the Eurocentric myth of an ancient, unchanging mode of dress. China Chic features a narrative and interpretive text by Valerie Steele and John S. Major, supplemented by six more specialized essays by some of the world’s foremost scholars of Chinese dress. The book also features a wide range of well-chosen illustrations, including some that have never before been published.
The book is published to coincide with the opening of an exhibition at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.

Valerie Steele is chief curator of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology. John S. Major, an independent scholar of Chinese history, was formerly associate professor of East Asian history at Dartmouth College and director of the China Council of the Asia Society. He is the author of Heaven and Earth in Early Han Thought.

"A lavishly illustrated exploration of Chinese dress."—Globe and Mail

" In this interesting survey, Steele and Major explore the progression of Chinese historic costume from its 4000-year-old dynastic elegance through 20th century Maoist modernism. . . . Beautifully illustrated. . . . This is a well-produced, well-written book for anyone interested in fashion, and . . . highly recommended."—Library Journal

"China Chic is a fascinating and valuable resource that will not soon become outdated."—Susan Kunimatsu, Pacific Reader

"Recommended to readers in both political history and the history of fashion, and it is especially appropriate for senior and graduate seminars."—Mary Ellen Conway-DesJarlais, China Review International

ISBN: 9780300079302
Publication Date: February 8, 1999
208 pages, 9 x 11
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