From Robes to Pencil Skirts – Chinese Fashions in Modern History

  • December 13, 2011
  • Editor: Sun Xi
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1960s: Army Uniforms

A Red Guard. [baike.baidu.com]

A Red Guard. [baike.baidu.com]

The 'cultural revolution' that began in 1966 saw the entry of the uniform as a fashion mode.

Unisex fashions, in the form of army uniforms, predominated as from the advent in the mid-1960s of the 'cultural revolution.' The underlying aim was to subsume individual personality in a political fervor akin to religious fanaticism.

Colorful clothes, especially the cheongsam, were considered symbols of the feudalistic, capitalist classes. There was no right of choice in clothing, and consequently little to choose from.

The revolution went all out to eliminate gender differences, humanity and beauty. Women's dresses effectively disappeared during that decade, and cheongsam were strictly for export only.

[baike.baidu.com]

[baike.baidu.com]

Mainland China in the 1960s was a world of red, blue and green uniforms. In Taiwan, meanwhile, women's fashion changed along with its rapid economic development and featured the mini-skirts that were the rage throughout the West.

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  • From Robes to Pencil Skirts – Chinese Fashions in Modern History2011-12-13   Editor: Sun Xi

    1960s: Army Uniforms

    A Red Guard. [baike.baidu.com]

    A Red Guard. [baike.baidu.com]

    The 'cultural revolution' that began in 1966 saw the entry of the uniform as a fashion mode.

    Unisex fashions, in the form of army uniforms, predominated as from the advent in the mid-1960s of the 'cultural revolution.' The underlying aim was to subsume individual personality in a political fervor akin to religious fanaticism.

    Colorful clothes, especially the cheongsam, were considered symbols of the feudalistic, capitalist classes. There was no right of choice in clothing, and consequently little to choose from.

    The revolution went all out to eliminate gender differences, humanity and beauty. Women's dresses effectively disappeared during that decade, and cheongsam were strictly for export only.

    [baike.baidu.com]

    [baike.baidu.com]

    Mainland China in the 1960s was a world of red, blue and green uniforms. In Taiwan, meanwhile, women's fashion changed along with its rapid economic development and featured the mini-skirts that were the rage throughout the West.

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