1. A brief history of ancient garments; 2. Clothes and hierarchy in ancient times; 3. Silk, the silk road and the art of embroidery; 4. Beauty of traditional garments; 5. Trends in modern garments; Appendix: chronological table of the Chinese dynasties.
This illustrated introduction to Chinese clothing discusses the development and transformation of distinctive Chinese fashions through the ages.
Mei Hua is Professor of Women's Studies at Tianjin Normal University and head of the Huamei Clothing Ornament Culturology Study. A columnist for People's Daily, she has published widely on the subject of Chinese clothing and culture.