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Traditional Asian Attire Demo. by 0OBluubloodO0 Traditional Asian Attire Demo. by 0OBluubloodO0
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
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ndunnart Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Just wanted to say first of all that those drawings are fantastic, and I especially love the proportions of the characters and the attention to detail is staggering. Even their shoes fit the piece quite well.

Also thank you for the write up, I feel its very important to be proud and knowledgable about your culture as well as others, and think that it is mutually beneficial for everyone to "dabble" in other customs and have a good understanding of where certain fashions originate, and how they have changed over time. I am no fashion expert but I have an appreciation (even as a guy) for culture and the evolution of certain styles throughout time.

I happen to be one of those people with a limited knowledge of where much of oriental clothing originates, and if someone where to ask me what i know or think about oriental elements of dress, i would probs just answer that I know that people in Japan wear a kimono. Now I know a little more. When you present your art like this, it broadens my horizons, so to say...and awakens interest so that i want to look into the history behind the dress, and how different regions in Asia have progressed with their culture and clothing.
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0OBluubloodO0 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for your appreciation. I just want to add that this is drawn at the start of last year, when I first become interested in the Hanfu-movement in China, at that time I was not aware of the basic regulations of the Hanfu system, hence my 3rd drawing is really not an accurate representation of hanfu LOL :P
I'm planning to re-draw another version, if you're interested in historically accurate legit hanfu heres some revivals: tieba.baidu.com/p/2125457446
Overall thanks for the comment, have a nice day.
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Siolan Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
thank you so much to bother write this and drew it!
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Numbe-Del-Cielo Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow, thank you.  I didn't know that before and I am glad I took the time to read this :)
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0OBluubloodO0 Featured By Owner May 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're very welcome.
btw the Hanfu was not drawn accurately since this is from 2 years ago and at that time I had not looked into it very much
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Numbe-Del-Cielo Featured By Owner May 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
good to know
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Idontknowwhoyouknow Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I spent some time watching wuxia movies as well as K-Drama in my childhood, and now I study both Western and Asian historical fashion. 
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0OBluubloodO0 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Um...these examples i drew are not accurately historical, many aspects are more a creative approach,so it is a primer only.

BTW costumes in wuxia movies are not necessarily accurate either, especially in the presentation of hanfu.
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Idontknowwhoyouknow Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I saw a very nice diagram of fashions Chinese women wear fav.me/d5uaq7g It's interesting. 
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0OBluubloodO0 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Also there is another point in my rant which I decided not to explain just because of the sheer difficulty of the explanation: Problem is that because China is a country like Japan and Korea, ppl, especially those who do not understand Asian cultures very well, like to treat the Chinese as A SINGLE ETHNIC GROUP, forgetting how seriously diverse the country is, how seriously long its histories were and how it is utterly IMPOSSIBLE to have one stereotype on the country's quality and attire. And I believe that is exactly the difficulty of the Hanfu movement, which you may or may not have heard of,young ppl trying to revive their culture before the Qing invasion in the recent years. There is not one singular representation of Chinese culture, which is why it is difficult to get ppl to have a correct impression of Chinese and Han culture...

My point is one should not compare Hanfu with Kimono or Hanbok, just lyk how one should not compare a mono-ethnic country's culture with a 56-ethnic country's culture....

But then I want people to see Hanfu's existence, which is why I drew these pictures, so it is a primer.

BTW if you are interested to know about Hanfu and the culture behind it, this mv would be a good start:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0ORKY…
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