Thursday, May 10, 2007

suits you

Mao jacket sculpture, from a Beijing art Gallery, 2006

A great article here about the symbolism of Chinese Communist dress forms, illustrating the early Communist party's grasp on the importance of a clear brand experience. (Thank you ilike and Owen for this).

More historical costuming here, details from Xiao Hui Wang's My last Hundred Years , a photographic and multimedia work at last year's Shanghai Biennale. Changing Chinese female roles including students, army officers, barefoot doctors moving to teeny boppers and general modernity: