Liu Wen was the first Chinese model to walk the Victoria’s Secret runway. Four Chinese models —Liu Wen, Xi Mengyao, Sui He, and Ju Xiaowen — are set to walk in the 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show on Wednesday. Considering the first Victoria’s Secret model of Asian descent did not walk in the retailer’s annual show until 2009, this is a huge step toward inclusivity and racial diversity for Victoria’s Secret.
From Shanghai socialites to Communist Party leaders, the past 100 years for women in China have been full of seismic shifts. The 15th episode of Cut.com’s “100 Years of Beauty” series gives a beauty-focused overview of these changes in less than a minute.
Today, on the 7th day of the 7th month of the lunar calendar year, many Asian countries like Japan, China, and Thailand celebrate the annual unification of forbidden lovers. There are many variations of the legend — some of which question their mutual attraction — but in one of the most famous poems from Song Dynasty, writer Qin Guan questions, “If the two hearts are united forever, why do the two persons need to stay together — day after day, night after night?” In China, it’s called the Qixi Festival, but Western media has dubbed it Chinese Valentine’s Day, and it’s as much of a celebration of singlehood for young women as it is about madly searching for love. A procession of men hauling cows to woo lovers on the day before Qixi Festival in Wuhan, China.
Luckily for the legitimacy of the Met Gala, Rihanna actually did her homework—she stunned the red carpet in a gold gown (with a huge train), fur stole, and headpiece by Chinese couture designer Guo Pei, who designed the costumes for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
This morning at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the newest fashion exhibition at the Anna Wintour Costume Institute was revealed. At 30,000 square feet, "China: Through the Looking Glass," is a behemoth of an exhibition that spreads over three floors including the institution's profound Chinese galleries. The show encompasses over 200 years of fashion and several thousands of years of history and artifacts. With contributions from the world's top designers (including John Galliano, Valentino Garavani, Yves Saint Laurent and more), and artistic direction by famed Chinese director Wong Kar Wai, it is a spectacular exhibition that is not to be missed.
If you thought North West was the most stylish toddler in the world, think again. A mother from from Shanxi province in China recently spend upwards of $200,000 on a fashion-themed birthday party for her two-year-old daughter, according to the Daily Mail via Chinese website IFeng. The 20-something parent, who's remained anonymous?for good reason?acquired designer clothes for her mini-me and matching outfits for herself from brands such as Burberry, Armani, Kenzo, Louis Vuitton, Dior, and more. All the expensive duds were bought on shopping trips around the world in places including the United States, South Korea and Hong Kong.