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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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Idontknowwhoyouknow 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. 
0OBluubloodO0 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.
Idontknowwhoyouknow Mar 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, I saw a very nice diagram of fashions Chinese women wear It's interesting. 
0OBluubloodO0 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:…
Idontknowwhoyouknow Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Of course China is diverse! There are many places and cultures there, and there is no such thing as a true stereotype that can put all the Chinese people. 

Yes, I have heard of the Hanfu Movement. 

Living in a country with an incredibly diverse culture, I understand the difficulty of making people have a correct impression of my country's culture. The item they remember most is batik, and the other fabulously made fabrics are usually forgotten, but is now slowly being recognized. 

Well, that is a good reason to draw it.
0OBluubloodO0 Mar 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yes yes I've seen it. The amount of effort the artist have put into that is clearly impressive, but, yes I have to say the but, it is very extremely difficult and not very legit to generalize chinese attires by dynasties, I'd love to explain why but it would probably take me the whole day...
SwedenSpeedway Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It is kind of sad how these things are mixed up, but then again a lot of styles personalities and culture has always been confused with each other and probably will still for a few years or longwr.

But hopefully some will take notice of the details of difference.. or at least be open to the idea that they might have gotteb things wrong :)

So anyways, I like your take on the different styles and might stick around for whatever else you got on your page. Thumbs up!
Thank-you, I'm an Asian of a traditional Family , that's raised in a foreign country where there is not much of a Asian influence. Therefore i have to study on my own of my country's history and Culture. Whenever i tell people of the Asian attire they get confused of what i say. To those who don't know what i know here is a story of where Japanese came from. A short summary-
A emperor wanted to acquire a medicine of Longevity and never aging , He sent a few hundred children to aid in this "mission".Along with a few officials and their family came . They went to this " celestial being's Island" Which is Japan . ( well, they didn't know that) They knew this mission would fail, if they went back to their homeland they will be punished by the emperor. They decided to stay on the island and married the  Aboriginal people there. Therefore the Kimono and the Chinese attire has resemblances. 
KuroSama2 Jul 31, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I used to have two qi pao and I would get mad when ever someone called them kimono. As a little kid I though hanbok were really ugly, they've grown on me though.
PetiteBubu Jul 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks a lot for this chart! I was looking for something like this! :D:D:D
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