When I was taking fashion at school I really liked to add Oriental elements into everything I design, however something I've realised is that many people's lack of understanding of the difference between the cultures of many Asian countries are quite serious, no offense to anybody, it is something I've observed and taken notice quite often. For example a ball dress concept I've drew had wide, drapy sleeves and my TFA teacher immediately complimented me on how good my 'kimono' looked...and then I told her it is in fact an adaptation from the Chinese garment Hanfu.
She looked at me like I just came back from Mars.
The truth is that the media these day seemed to promote Japanese culture quite well but that of others perhaps not so much. What most people think is that kimono is the ultimate Japanese fashion emblem while that of Chinese is the Qi-pao(or some call it Cheongsam), the body hugging, mandarin-collared, slightly 'slutty' dress...last time I've posted my ball-dress design onto my personal blog a few people actually said: "That's copied from kimono." and even "Why do you Chinese people like to copy others so much?"
And I was like 0_0 son of a bridge are you FRUCKING kidding me?!!
And then I was lyk hell no these people need to be educated about the Far East for Lady Gaga's sake...
So here I drew these, partially from my past concepts...
As you can see Hanfu is accually THE Chinese attire, its been around since god knows when and only until three hundred years ago, when the Manchus took over the Han, that Qipao was worn instead. And even then, Qipao didn't look like the one I drew, the tight-bodied adaptation was due to 1930's Shanghai social elites wanting something sexier to show off their tits and thighs and yeah....
As for the Korean Hanbok if you are into Kpop groups then you'd be pretty familiar with that.
Hanfu is really complex and its form varies depending on seasons, ranks and time periods, my concept drawing was inspired from the Song Dynasty female scholars.
So if anyone bothered to read all this stuff I spat out hope you got a much better understanding for tradition East Asian garments.
Have a great day ppl. (my...this should be a journal