№ 378/2013 from Dec 04, 2013
How has clothing in China been influenced by Western fashion and the changing times? A new exhibition in the Confucius Institute at Freie Universität Berlin entitled "China-Mode, China-Chic" addresses this question. It opened Wednesday.
The exhibition shows the influence of technological developments on materials and pattern shapes, the symbolism of design and toggle buttons, and points out the importance of clothing for indicating social status. A section is devoted to the transformation of and Western influence on the typical Chinese sheath dress, known in Chinese as qipao or cheongsam, and in English as a mandarin gown.