Social Issues

Chinese Women’s Fashion – a century of change

Posted on: Tue 23 Oct 2018

During the past century, China has witnessed dramatic social changes, from the end of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) to the establishment of the People’s Republic of China (1949) followed by the Cultural Revolution and later the Reform and Opening-up. These momentous social and political events have impacted on every aspect of Chinese society and culture, including women’s fashion. As the famous Chinese writer Eileen Chang wrote in 1943  “in times of political turmoil, unable to improve their social environment, people can only create their bodily environments–namely, clothes, since we all live in our clothes.”

Here, Ruining Wang discusses the historical context of Chinese women’s fashion over the past century.


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