This stunning exhibition of garments, images and objects examines the changes in Chinese Fashion during three distinct periods of the 20th Century. Many of the exhibits were archived by the curator over a ten year period when he lived and worked in Beijing. Interwoven amongst the clothing and visuals are personal stories that give not only background information and individuality to the garments but reflect the tremendous changes that took place in China both socially, economically and politically.
The exhibition’s aim is to focus on the narrative of the clothing itself and what becomes apparent, is that each of the sections have their own unique beauty from hand crafted embroidery, evidenced in both the early and modern pieces, through functional conformity to contemporary fashion brand development.
Fashion by its very nature, is a language of non-verbal communication, which indicates rank, occupation social standing and the effects of shifting political and social environments.