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China Dresses Up Its Fashion, Reviving Colorful Imperial-Era Costumes

By Arthur Xie
Female graduates dressed in traditional Chinese costumes pose for graduation photos on the glass bridge at the Tianlongchi scenic area in Pingdingshan, Henan province, on June 18. Photo: IC
Female graduates dressed in traditional Chinese costumes pose for graduation photos on the glass bridge at the Tianlongchi scenic area in Pingdingshan, Henan province, on June 18. Photo: IC

(Beijing) — Why doesn’t modern-day China have a national costume that is the equivalent of a Japanese kimono, an Indian sari or a Moroccan djellaba?

This long-running debate was reignited in May when a poster of actress Lin Chi-ling wearing a beautifully crafted “Hanfu” — one of China’s traditional dresses — appeared on the big screen at New York’s Time Square, making passers-by freeze in awe.

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