Wei Jiang — Post 2

There are many special national dresses in Asia, such as famous Qipao in China, the women in Islam have to wear the veil with their daily clothing, and the interesting Japanese clothing culture.

Firstly, Qipao was designed for embodying the body shape of women, therefore it was very popular in China specially for some rich women in the past. It is a kind of fashion called ‘Fu Gu’ very popular in China recently, means people are searching and liking something very famous in the past for now. Which leads Qipao become popular again recently in China, women are buying Qipao, however not for daily wearing very often, particularly for the party and event. Furthermore, some designer using the element of Qipao to design the fashion clothes not only for Chinese but also for western women. Thus, Qipao would not only a symbol of Chinese national dress but also become a kind of fashion worldwide.

More over, in Japan, it has their own traditional dress such as the kimono and Western dress as the national dresses. Japanese women were wearing Western clothes in the public and being Japanese styles at home. In addition, Western dress had become a ‘modern’ sign for Japanese men since early 20th century. The APEC 2010 inJapan, everyone was wearing a Western suit, which shows now the Western dress comes as the formal dress in Japan for men and women.

Finally, in Islam, there is a connection between religion and clothing fashion. The provision of religion shows veiling is necessary for women at public place in Islam, they could draw the veils off their faces and only display their beauty to men in the family, for example fathers, husbands and sons. More over, Western clothing shows the freedom and individuality when it compares with veiling, which represents a sign of backwardness. Thus it could say veiling infringes women’s freedom and personality.

In conclusion, the national dress in Asia shows the cultures and tradition of each different country. However, this was not a reality gap between national dress and Western clothes. These two could combined together to create a new fashion of clothing in Asia and in Western countries.

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