Fashion in Multiple Chinas

Thursday 15 November / 6-8pm



Price: £15 / £12 students | Book online
Book launch and discussion with Professor Christopher Breward

Much has been written about the transformation of China from a clothing-manufacturing site to a fast-rate fashion consuming society. Less has been written on the process of making Chinese fashion.

Join experts in their field, Simona Segre Reinach and Dr. Wessie Ling for this talk to explore how Chinese fashions operate across the widespread, fragmented and diffused, Chinese diaspora. They will confront the idea of Chinese nationalism as `one nation’ and China as a single reality through exposing Chinese fashion as diverse and comprising of multiple practices.

The speakers will cover the mechanics of the Chinese fashion industry through its creative economy of fashion, retail and branding and cultural identity. They will also demonstrate how the making of Chinese fashion is composed of numerous layers, often involving a web of global entanglements between manufacturing and circulation, retailing and branding. Following the book presentation, Prof. Christopher Breward will join them in the discussion.

Dr. Wessie Ling is a Reader in Fashion Studies at Northumbria University and a practising visual artist. She is the author of Fusionable Cheongsam and has written on Chinese fashion for Berg Encyclopedia of East Asian Design. She has contributed to journals such as Visual Anthropology, Journal for the Study of British Cultures and Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture. In 2018, she is ASEAN Research Fellow at Mahidol University and Rita Bolland Fellow for the Study of Textile and Fashion at Tropenmuseum. Her artworks have been exhibited at OVADA in Oxford, at the Brunei Gallery, SOAS, and at the Victoria & Albert Museum among others.

Simona Segre Reinach is a cultural anthropologist and Associate Professor of Fashion Studies at Bologna University. She has written extensively on fashion from a global perspective including contributions to Berg Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion and The Fashion History Reader. She has written for journals including Fashion Theory, Fashion Practice, and The International Journal of Fashion Studies. She sits on the Editorial Board of Fashion Theory, The International Journal of Fashion Studies and Critical Studies on Fashion and Beauty. She also curated the exhibitions 80s-90s Facing Beauties, Italian Fashion and Japanese Fashion At A Glance at the Museo della citta di Rimini and Jungle and The animal imagery in Fashion at Venaria Reale in Torino.

Professor Christopher Breward is Director of Collection and Research at the National Galleries of Scotland. He was trained at the Courtauld Institute and the Royal College of Art, London and has previously worked as Head of Research at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London and as Principal of Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh. His published interests include the relationship between Art and Fashion, Visual and cultural histories of masculinity and histories of city life. Whilst Principal of Edinburgh College of Art he was part of the team that developed an innovative partnership between the University of Edinburgh and Donghua University, Shanghai and is soon to publish an edited collection of essays on Shanghai Style.

Fashion in Multiple Chinas (Chinese Styles in the Transglobal Landscape) is part of the Dress Cultures series published by I.B Tauris and will be available to purchase in the Museum shop. The series aims to bring the best of international scholarship on the historical and contemporary study of dress and material culture into creative dialogue with sociological, political and economic analyses of fashion and the fashion industry.

The event starts at 6pm with a glass of wine in the Museum foyer and opportunity to view the current exhibition. The talk follows at 6.15pm for 6.20pm in the Fashion Studio and lasts for approximately one hour including an opportunity to ask questions, followed by a book signing in the foyer. Ticket includes admission to the exhibition and guests are welcome to view this before or after the talk.

Price: £15 / £12 students. All tickets include a complimentary drink and exhibition entry.

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