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China chic : East meets West
Steele, Valerie, 1955-
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New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, [1999]

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197 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
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GT1555 .S8 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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An exploration of the evolution of Chinese dress, from the dragon robes and lotus shoes of the imperial era to the modern Mao suit. It demolishes the myth of an ancient, unchanging mode of dress. The text is supplemented by six essays by scholars of Chinese dress.

Author Notes

Valerie Steele is chief curator and acting director, The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York. She is founder and editor of Fashion Theory: The Journal of Dress, Body and Culture.

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Fashion designers often borrow design details from Chinese dress, but what is not often understood is that Chinese costume, far from being static throughout centuries, actually absorbed influences from outside, albeit at a slower pace. In this interesting survey, Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) curator Steele and historian Major (Heaven and Earth in Early Han Thought, SUNY, 1993) explore the progression of Chinese historic constume from its 4000-year-old dynastic elegance through 20th-century Maoist modernism. Fashionable Western clothing often was, and still is, imbued with romantic Orientalism, by use of lavish, exotic embroidery, vibrant silks, and silhouettes, collars, or fastenings characteristic of Chinese dress. These elements are beautifully illustrated in 100 color and 40 black-and-white photographs. While the book accompanies a show at FIT, it is not a catalog but stands on its own. This is a well-produced, well-written book for anyone interested in fashion, and it is highly recommended for both academic and larger public libraries.Therese Duzinkiewicz Baker, Western Kentucky Univ. Libs., Bowling Green (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.