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May 14, 2016 , By BlabberCat

Zh?d?o’ of Chinese fashion

Zh?d?o’ of Chinese fashion

Many well known Chinese celebrities from Fan Bingbing who wore a tea-length Georges Chakral Fall 2015 Couture gown in a private dinner to Nicholas Tse wore blue/grey jacquard camouflage print suit and navy knitwear at the Paris Fashion Week. Tortoiseshell shades, gorgeous deep red brogues and slick side swept hair was the most talked about statement.

Nowadays, Chinese wear modern clothes in their daily lives, not much difference from their western counterparts. Traditional attires are only worn during certain festivals, ceremonies or religious occasions. Till the time of the republic of China, Chinese Tunic suit and Cheongasm prevailed. Materials used in the ancient times were of animal skins and decorations were of small stones and animal teeth. By the Shang dynasty the general pattern of blouse plus skirt were created. Later, long gown appeared in the Zhou dynasty. So, the fashion improved from one dynasty to the other but later masses gradually turned to western-style attire. Their clothing also varies based on one’s social position, social status, occupation and gender etc. Although, the fashion trend changes over time, there are several types that are popular till today – written Kareena Sheth

 

  1. Traditional Han Chinese Clothing- It is usually in the form of long gown, cross collar, wrapping the right lapel over the left, loose wide sleeves and no buttons but a sash.
  2. Cheongsam- It evolved merging with western patterns that show off the beauty of a female body. Its features are straight collar, strain on the waist, coiled buttons. It is the most popular Chinese attire in the world today.
  3. Chinese Suit- it is usually straight collared, with coiled buttons down the front. Its colour and designs are in traditional Chinese style but tailoring in western.
  4. Dragon Robe- It is so named because of the embroidered dragons on it. Characteristics of a dragon robe are round collar, buttons on the right and most of the time in bright yellow.
  5. Traditional Wedding Costumes- These are red in colour most of the time as red is considered lucky, happy and auspicious in the country’s culture.

These clothes are often made fabrics of cotton, silk and linen. Silk fabric prevailed for a longer time than other fabrics and is also widely used. Also these are made according to the fashion trends and changes.

Three famous Chinese fashion designers we love:

  1. Masha Ma- She is known for her feminine designs, which incorporate industrial and futuristic influences. Ma presents her collections at Paris Fashion Week. She was selected for the CDPA/Vogue Fashion Fund China Exchange program.
  2. Christine Lau- Christine Lau is the designer behind Chictopia, one of China’s most popular homegrown fashion labels. Chictopia is known for its whimsical prints and retro inspiration, with pieces that are quirky yet classically feminine. Her fans include numerous Asian celebrities, such as Baihe Bai, Fan Bingbing and Joe Chen.
  3. Ban Xiao Xue- Winner of the Woolmark Award in China in 2012. His collection have been showcased at Shanghai Fashion Week, is inspired nature. He aims to recreate the structures, textures and colours of the natural world with his contemporary designs.

Chinese brands that we love:

  1. Helen Lee-  Every collection shows impeccable taste without being overly traditional or safe and high fashion without being pretentious.
  2. Neither Nor- This brand, introduced Wang Qiaoquiao, that’s always leaves people guessing about the next colour trend.
  3. La Vie- It is a brand Ji Cheng, found all over Asia and also participated at London Fashion Week. Jenny describes her design aesthetic as a combination of Chinese sophisticated chic with modern wit. Her pieces are also known for their impeccable tailoring and attention to detail.

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