China has developed a unique fashion system since at least a millennium. In Tang dynasty China (618–907), for example, changes in dress and shifts in the perceptions of dress reveal the emergence of a fashion system. Later, in the Republic of China (1912–49), textiles became an important marker of Chinese modernity and played a prominent role in fashioning new Chinese appearances. Nowadays, multiple fashion practices constitute Chinese fashion both in China and its diasporas. These range from “western” styles of dress to the reemergence of traditional styles like the Hanfu among an increasing number of young Chinese.
About The Author
Laura specializes in the history of art and fashion in the early modern Spanish World. She is a doctoral candidate at the College of William and Mary and received her MA in Fashion Studies from Parsons School of Design. Her dissertation explores the adoption and adaptation of European fashions, their fusion with local Indigenous elements of dress, and their representation in portraits and pictures of types in the Viceroyalty of New Granada in the second half of the eighteenth century.