Chinese Clothing: Costumes, Adornments and Culture

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In the Chinese way of describing the necessities of life, clothing ranks at the top of "garments, food, shelter and means of travel". In this country with a long history of garments and ornaments, there is a wealth of archeological findings showing the development of garments, as well as their portrayals in ancient mythology, history books, poems and songs, novels and drama. The distinction not only existed among dynasties, but also quite pronounced even in different periods within the same dynasty. The overall characteristics of the Chinese garments can be summarized as bright colors, refined artisanship, and ornate details. Looking in retrospect at Chinese garments of the 20th Century, we see an array of styles of Qipao, Cheongsam, the Sun Yat-sen's uniform, student uniform, Western suits, hat, silk stockings, high heels, workers' uniforms, Lenin jacket, the Russian dress, army style, jacket, bell-bottoms, miniskirt, bikinis, professional attire, punk style and T-shirt, all witnessing
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