In the Mood for Cheongsam

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Editions Didier Millet, 2012 - Antiques & Collectibles - 159 pages
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Spanning almost a century, this book examines the origins and development of the cheongsam in the social context of Singapore since its introduction from Shanghai, China, in the 1920s to the present day. The cheongsam, a one-piece Chinese ladies' dress that was the epitome of Chinese identity and feminine beauty during the middle decades of the 20th century. Initially seen as a symbol of a trendy, new, Republican China, shorn of the shackles of the imperial system, the cheongsam soon adopted intellectual overtones, and was favoured by the sophisticated and society's elite at elaborate social functions. When it was abandoned following the success of the Communist Party in China, the cheongsam survived in Singapore as the garment of choice for independent, educated women.
 

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Contents

Preface
9
Introduction
13
The Evolving Meaning of the Cheongsam
33
Prominent Women
77
The Producers of Cheongsam
111
Glossary
147
Endnotes
152
Bibliography and Further Reading
156
Index
158
Picture Credits
159
Acknowledgements
160
Back Cover
161
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