Like its economy and art scene, Chinese fashion is on the rise, with an increasingly prominent international presence. Spurred by a new generation of creative and ambitious designers, and championed by actresses like Fan Bingbing and Zhang Ziyi, as well as China’s First Lady, Peng Liyuan, Chinese fashion now walks the runways, not only in Shanghai and Beijing but also in London, Paris, Tokyo, and New York.
Fashion China is an important new survey of the top Chinese fashion designers working today, selected for the book by a jury of experts on Chinese fashion that includes supermodel Liu Wen; Director of Harper’s Bazaar China, Lucia Liu; and TV host and fashion writer Hung Huang. Profiles of each designer include a description of their styles and an interview with Gemma Williams, exploring their training, inspiration, and technical approaches. These are accompanied by 450 illustrations offering a rich survey of the looks that make Chinese fashion unique.
From the opulent couture of Guo Pei to the minimalist ready-to-wear of Uma Wang and the surreal structuralism of Xiao Li, the designers featured here offer an unexpected and enticing combination of tradition and modernity, of Asian heritage and Western influence.
The first major illustrated book on [China’s] contemporary fashion scene…from Dior atelier-trained Huishan Zhang, whose silk organza qipao now lives at the Victoria & Albert Museum, to Fan Bingbing’s stylist turned couturier Christopher Bu.
Features 41 design talents from China, including eveningwear specialist Guo Pei, Uma Wang’s voluminous silhouettes and designers—such as Huishan Zhang—who have moved from China to make their mark on foreign markets.
The first comprehensive, English-language book about Chinese fashion …looks at 41 unique design talents from China—including Guo Pei, Uma Wang and Huishan Zhang.
— Fashion Times
This is a first of its kind book that captures the status of contemporary Chinese fashion as it moves away from its reputation as a mere manufacturing base to a dynamic centre of thriving original fashion & design…Over 280 featured illustrations reveal the unique nature of Chinese fashion today that encompasses opulent couture and street chic, and finds inspiration in art and culture.
— Blouin Lifestyle
Gemma A. Williams
Gemma Williams is the former Curator of the Fashion Space Gallery at London College of Fashion. She lives in London.