WEAR­ING HIS­TORY

Chi­nese col­lec­tion with Miao eth­nic el­e­ments make stun­ning de­but at Fiji Fash­ion Week

Global Times - Weekend - - TRENDS -

Twelve cloth­ing de­signs fea­tur­ing typ­i­cal cloth­ing el­e­ments of China’s Miao eth­nic group stunned au­di­ences at this year’s Fiji Fash­ion Week, which came to its end on May 26.

“It’s amaz­ing and un­be­liev­able,” one mem­ber of the au­di­ence said while ap­plaud­ing the mod­els who had just fin­ished walk­ing the cat­walk wear­ing Miao-style cloth­ing.

“We love this Miao col­lec­tion. We love their bright col­ors, beau­ti­ful em­broi­dery and mo­tifs,” two mid­dle-aged women told the Xin­hua News Agency while a Fi­jian girl aged around 15 said that “I like this Miaostyle cloth­ing as it is re­ally beau­ti­ful and spe­cial.”

It was not sur­pris­ing for the au­di­ence to praise the col­lec­tion, as the Miao cos­tume el­e­ments were truly stun­ning. Even some pho­tog­ra­phers could not help but laud the col­lec­tion while busily tak­ing pic­tures of the mod­els wear­ing the uniquely de­signed clothes.

The two-day Fiji Fash­ion Week, which took Re­sort Cruise 2018 as its theme, was held at the FMF Gym­na­sium in the cap­i­tal city Suva. The spe­cially-dec­o­rated per­form­ing hall of the fa­cil­ity was crowded with fash­ion lovers, de­sign­ers and mod­els from Fiji and other coun­tries and re­gions such as China, In­dia, Viet­nam and Aus­tralia.

Chen Bin, pro­fes­sor of the fash­ion in­sti­tute of the Shang­hai-based Donghua Univer­sity, told Xin­hua that the 12 cloth­ing de­signs that ap­peared on stage were de­signed by him­self and some of his stu­dents. He was not sur­prised to re­ceive such pos­i­tive com­ments from the au­di­ence as he be­lieves that Miao el­e­ments help the clothes stand out from the crowd.

“This is the first time we have taken part in Fiji Fash­ion Week. As you can see, it is very in­ter­est­ing for beau­ti­ful for­eign mod­els to wear our Miao col­lec­tion. We can truly say this is a place where fash­ion meets tra­di­tion, and the East and West also meet and min­gle har­mo­niously,” he said proudly.

In his eyes, Miao cloth­ing, of­ten de­scribed as a his­tory book worn by peo­ple, is a rare trea­sure in Chi­nese his­tory and cul­ture.

“This is not only about beau­ti­ful cloth­ing, but also about China’s long his­tory and cul­ture,” he said.

“There are 56 eth­nic groups in China, and the cloth­ing of the Miao eth­nic group in south­ern China is an im­por­tant part of China’s eth­nic cloth­ing. As de­sign­ers, we should also go out to show­case our fash­ion de­signs and learn from our for­eign col­leagues,” he said.

For her part, Yang Hui, di­rec­tor of the Con­fu­cius In­sti­tute at the Univer­sity of the South Pa­cific, was also very happy for Chen Bin and his team.

“I am happy for their suc­cess and I am happy for our Con­fu­cius In­sti­tute here, as we helped Chen’s team take part in the fash­ion show. We would like to be a bridge for lan­guage and cul­ture to help pro­mote cul­tural ex­changes be­tween China and South Pa­cific is­land states,” she said.

This was the 11th year for Fiji Fash­ion Week, which is the big­gest fash­ion show in the South Pa­cific.

Photo: VCG

Mod­els show off tra­di­tional Miao cloth­ing.

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