20th Century Changes

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As China struggled to define its place within the modern world during the twentieth century, issues of cultural identity were often worked out through clothes.  Here we look at these processes through three lenses: the accommodation of features of western dress early in the century in a politicized context, the great diversity of styles of the 1980s and 1990s, and the transformation of clothing worn for weddings.

Adaptations to Western Styles

80s and 90s