Harmony and Concealment: how Chinese women fashioned the Qipao in 1930s China

Wessie Ling

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Abstract

This chapter examines how the Qipao was employed in order to resist and negotiate with institutional repression in the Republican era through the study of Linglong, a popular women's magazine in 1930s China. Chinese women's attitudes towards Western-style fashion and aesthetic judgment, mediated through resistance and negotiation, is unveiled and analysed whereby the conceptual ideas of harmony and concealment in Chinese clothes had become apparent.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMaterial women, 1750-1950: consuming desires and collecting practices
EditorsMaureen Daly Goggin, Beth Fowkes Tobin
Place of PublicationFarnham
PublisherAshgate
Pages209-225
Number of pages404
ISBN (Print)978-0-7546-6539-7
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009

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