Fashion in Altermodern China (Dress Cultures)

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Fashion in Altermodern China examines key features of women's fashion within the cultural and political context of contemporary China. While global brands and styles heavily influence Chinese consumer trends, the Chinese fashion 'system' is formed of its own internal logics and emergent trends, too. Adopting the theoretical term 'altermodern', Feng Jie encourages us to view China in terms of its rapid modernization which presents its own rhythms and meanings, and argues persuasively that Chinese fashion can't be wholly understood in terms of a Western discourse of modernity, postmodernity and the global.Expanding our understanding of the fashion 'system', Fashion in Altermodern China takes on board new trends in global trade, new technologies, and the hybridity of designs and consumption of fashion. Through critical readings of Barthes, on the 'neutral', and Jullien, on 'blandness', both directly influenced by Asian philosophies, the author offers a new perspective on Chinese fashion, arguing that, while global-local contexts lead to identifiably postmodern and hybrid aesthetics, for women in contemporary China the flux and mix of available fashions is experienced in a more open neutral manner than scholars have previously described. Crucially, then, rather than position trends in China only in terms of 'hybridity' (which betrays a Western bias and a binary logic of host-recipient), there are more fluid ways in which we need to understand how women engage in fashion in China today.
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ISBN-13: 9781350200067
ISBN-10: 1350200069
Pagini: 176
Ilustrații: 5 bw illus
Dimensiuni: 138 x 216 mm
Greutate: 0.36 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Bloomsbury Visual Arts
Seria Dress Cultures

Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom


A novel reading on fashion in China today, which in turn raises critical questions for how a 'neutral' reading can be applied to other cultural contexts

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Feng Jie is Professor at Hainan University of China. She is the co-author of Art Aesthetics and Introduction of Art, and is a co-curator at Tate Exchange in Tate Modern; as well as the Director of the Neutral Institute.


List of IllustrationsAcknowledgementsIntroduction 1. Fashion and Complexity 2. Modern China 3. Uniform, Uniformities and Gender 4. Altermodern China 5. Brand NeutralCoda: Fashion Degree Zero ReferencesIndex


An eloquent, expansive, theoretically complex and yet also highly entertaining examination of Chinese fashion . Through historical garments with contemporary forms like the qipao Feng eruditely traces larger socio-cultural shifts in China, particularly changing female identity and the complexities of contemporary Chinese womanhood.
Readers will love this study of fashion in China for its informed discussion of iconic developments in China's modern dress history . Thoughtful in its approach, provocative in its hypotheses, it traverses the rocky terrain of politics and culture in an 'altermodern' China as the author searches for a space in which fashion-in-China might be viewed on its own terms.