Chinese design is focus of fashion show

Opulent outfits feature in catwalk events that celebrate China’s fashion heritage and explore its future.

The fashion showcase – From Shanghai with Love – is collaboration between Donghua University and the Confucius Institute for Scotland in the University of Edinburgh.

It will combine work by students and business partners linked to Donghua University’s Shanghai International College of Fashion with exquisite, vintage outfits – rarely seen outside China – on loan from Shanghai Museum of Textile and Costume.

From Shanghai with Love 

4pm, 24 and 25 August 2018

University of Edinburgh’s Playfair Library

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Iconic location 

The show will take place in the University of Edinburgh’s historic Playfair Library on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 August, as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Students have taken designs from the past and added a contemporary twist.

Inspired by the qipao – a traditional dress worn by Chinese women in the 1920s and 30s – the Shanghai designers have used technology to create an outfit that alters colour from red to blue.

Futuristic designs

One dress in the show has been fitted with a thermometer to highlight how fashion might aid healthy living. The wearer’s temperature would be recorded and sent to an app for analysis.

Students have also used images of dragons, phoenixes and flames to create striking collections inspired by ancient Chinese philosophy.

More than 20 traditional dresses from early 20th century China will also be on show, highlighting Shanghai’s influence on Chinese and western culture.

Long-standing relationship 

In 2014, the University of Edinburgh and Donghua University launched a scheme that offered Shanghai-based fashion students the opportunity to study at Edinburgh College of Art for the final two years of their programme.

We are delighted to hold this celebration of Chinese fashion for the second year. By bringing together so many students, businesses and cultural organisations, we have been able able to give a rich and enlightening picture of this important and fascinating industry. I’m sure it will be a spectacular show.

Professor Natascha GentzDirector of the Confucius Institute for Scotland in the University

Related links

Donghua University College of Fashion and Innovation

Confucius Institute for Scotland in the University of Edinburgh

Study Fashion at Edinburgh College of Art