Fusionable Cheongsam

Ling, Wessie (2007) Fusionable Cheongsam. [Show/Exhibition]

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Abstract

Despite its feminine image, cheongsam’s hybrid nature originated in the traditional men’s changpao of 1910s and the influence of western aesthetics in the trading cities of 1930s China. While some studies (Steele and Major 1999, Tam 2000, Wilson 1997) have generalised the cheongsam as a product of ‘East meets West’, its close link with the political background and cultural history of China has been little considered. Amidst its rejection by Communist China and its ignominious adaptation as a seductive dress and hostess uniform, the cheongsam has continued to evolve and acquired new identities through popular culture, fashion production, global circulation and consumption.
Following Lowe’s (1995) notion of hybridity, Fusionable Cheongsam responds to cheongsam’s dichotomous representations by tracing the social and cultural history of China vis-à-vis cheongsam’s hybrid origin, evolution and liaison with the West.

Item Type: Show/Exhibition
Additional Information: WESSIELING is a London based visual artist whose work uses text and installations to address the immateriality and symbolic power of fashion. She has exhibited nationally and internationally including the Victoria & Albert Museum, Collyer Bristow Gallery, Hong Kong Arts Centre and Austrian National Museum of Applied and Contemporary Arts among others. Further projects can be viewed at www.WESSIELING.com.
Uncontrolled Keywords: postcolonial theory, cultural production, identities, Asian fashion, fashion cities
Subjects: T100 Chinese studies
W200 Design studies
W900 Others in Creative Arts and Design
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Design > Design
Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Design > Design
Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Design > Design
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2013 08:40
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2015 09:23
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/13836

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