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Published Monday, November 19, 18 | By PaulvHill

contributed by Ronna Fleischman Characteristically, Chinese clothing is not only an external expression of elegance, but also contains cultural symbolism.  The Chinese associate certain colors with specific seasons: green represents spring, red symbolizes summer, white represents autumn, and black symbolizes winter. The Chinese have a fully developed system of matching, coordinating, and contrasting colors and shades of light and dark in their apparel. Traditionally, darker colors were favored over lighter ones.  Ceremonial clothing tended to be dark. Lighter colored clothing was worn more frequently by the common people for everyday, around the house use.  Read More 

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Published Monday, November 19, 18 | By PaulvHill

All students of fashion know how the 20th century transformed women’s clothing in the West. Corsets were loosened, hemlines rose, and designers like Coco Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent famously dressed ladies in trousers and tuxedo jackets. Read More 

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Published Monday, November 19, 18 | By PaulvHill

Chinese clothing changed considerably over the course of some 5,000 years of history, from the Bronze Age into the twentieth century, but also maintained elements of long-term continuity during that span of time. The story of dress in China is a story of wrapped garments in silk, hemp, or cotton, and of superb technical skills in weaving, dyeing, embroidery, and other textile arts as applied to clothing. After the Chinese Revolution of 1911, new styles arose to replace traditions of clothing that seemed inappropriate to the modern era. Read More 

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