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Above SeaContemporary art, urban culture, and the fashioning of global Shanghai$
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Jenny Lin

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781526132604

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526132604.001.0001

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Shanghai’s art in fashion

Shanghai’s art in fashion

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(p.66) 2 Shanghai’s art in fashion
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Above Sea
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Jenny Lin

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781526132604.003.0003

Chapter Two considers how Shanghai Tang, a Hong Kong-founded fashion brand, exploits Shanghai’s imagined cosmopolitan legacy towards the building of a multinational luxury brand. The author considers the rising political tensions between Hong Kong and Shanghai, as Hong Kong was handed over from British to mainland Chinese rule in 1997. The chapter discusses a 1997 Shanghai Tang advertisement featuring Chinese actress Gong Li, addressing how the image signals the return of class-based society, while sanitizing mainland China’s immediate socialist past. This chapter also examines the powerful influence of Shanghai Tang’s founder, art collector Sir David Tang, on the international dissemination of contemporary Chinese art, exploring key Shanghainese painters promoted by Tang, including Yu Youhan, Wang Ziwei and Ding Yi. Referencing these artists’ connections to Shanghai Tang, and also the French fashion brand, Christian Dior, the chapter theorizes the rise of a contemporary Chinese art/fashion system. The final section focuses on Shanghai-based sculptor Liu Jianhua, who has been supported by both Tang and Christian Dior, and the artist’s subversion of mainland China’s presumed role as “the factory of the world” through his ceramic-based practice.

Keywords:   Fashion, Hybridity, Overseas Chinese, International Exhibitions, Artisanal Production, Art and Environment

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