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Vivienne Tam, Spring/Summer 1999

Nadya Wang

Source: Fashion Photography Archive 2015

Article

Vivienne Tam (born 1957) is a New-York based designer who was born in China and grew up in Hong Kong. Her work has been a continuous experimentation in mixing and matching visual languages from the East and the West. Tam’s presentation for the spring/summer 1999 runway shows off her signature bilingualism, with images including Guanyin, the goddess of mercy, and the lotus flower combined with a relaxed, sporty style seen through the repeated use of windbreaker jackets in various prints and colors

Overview: Hong Kong

Valery M. Garrett

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. East Asia 2010

Encyclopedia entry

Until the late twentieth century the British colony of Hong Kong remained detached from events in China, especially in the rural New Territories. Farmers, wearing traditional dress, grew rice and vegetables, while fishermen sold their catch in local ports. Working people wore hard-wearing, dark clothing suitable to their tough lives. Most wore practical jackets with loose trousers, hemp being a popular fabric. Symbolism is important in Chinese folklore, and children’s clothing was embroidered wit

Cheongsam: Chinese One-Piece Dress

Valerie Wilson Trower

Source: Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion. East Asia 2010

Encyclopedia entry

The “Suzie Wong” dress or qipao, as the cheongsam is also known, has its origins in Chinese ethnic dress. It is possible to trace a history of the development of the cheongsam from the Chinese gown or changshan, or long informal robe worn by Han Chinese men, and the changfu, or informal robes worn by the Manchu, the last rulers of premodern China, to the current day.

Second Hand Fashion, Culture and Identity in Hong Kong

Hazel Clark

Source: Old Clothes, New Looks. Second Hand Fashion 2005

Book chapter

Settled by the British in 1841 and established as a colony with a 99-year lease in 1898, Hong Kong was ‘handed back’ to mainland China in 1997, with the ground work for that change having been laid in the early 1990s, politically, socially, economically, and culturally. What was being returned to China was not the ‘barren rock’ first ceded to the British, but an affluent and fashionable city and an international center of business, banking and trade.

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