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Fashioning Chinese feminism : Representations of women in the art history of modern China (2021)

Wang, S. (2021). Fashioning Chinese feminism : Representations of women in the art history of modern China. Critical Studies in Fashion & Beauty, 12(2), 207-227. https://doi.org/10.1386/csfb_00027_1

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Wang, Shuchen

Journal or series: Critical Studies in Fashion & Beauty

ISSN: 2040-4417

eISSN: 2040-4425

Publication year: 2021

Publication date: 01/12/2021

Volume: 12

Issue number: 2

Pages range: 207-227

Publisher: Intellect

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1386/csfb_00027_1

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Artworks record history. The images of women’s fashion and beauty presented in the art history of modern China illustrate explicitly the challenging, changing and circuitous development of women’s rights and feminism in the country. In this study, I analyse and contextualize the most widespread representations of Chinese ‘modern women’s fashion’: (1) the geisha-like ladies of news illustrations before the 1911 Revolution, (2) the poster-calendar girls in the republican aesthetics of an early commercial society, (3) the papercutting folk art that profiles ‘half the sky’ in the uniform aesthetics of Marxist‐Leninist‐Maoist propaganda, (4) the gender-specific art themes and materials applied by female artists after the opening-up policy and (5) the feminist art in the Chinese contemporary art world. The resulting analysis helps to elucidate the interconnections among fashion, art and women’s status in China, in pursuit of modernity, the radical expansion of western colonization, domestic political turmoil and, in particular, longstanding patriarchal cultural norms and values.

Keywords: art history; women; femininity; Chinese identity; fashion; representation (mental objects); modern; modernisation; woman's status; feminism

Free keywords: Chinese female artists; Chinese feminism; geisha; modernity in China; poster-calendar girls; uniform aesthetics

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Reporting Year: 2021

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