Date of Submission
Campus Only Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
Chelsea Zi Wang
In the early and mid-1930s, a new native dress called qipao dominated the closets of urban young women in China. In 1934, the Nationalist Government issued a clothing law that banned women from wearing fashionable dresses, jewelry, and high-heels. Through analyzing photographs and opinion pieces, his thesis looks at how the readers and contributors of Linglong, an immensely popular women’s magazine at the time, communicated and debated these two major changes taking place in the fashion scene. The Linglong community, made up of mostly females, used the magazine as a space to foster common femininity among urban women, to scrutinize the clothing law, and to negotiate and push for greater freedom in clothing choices.
Htet, Maple, "Fashion in 1930s Chinese Prints: A Study of Linglong Women’s Magazine Depiction of Qipao and the New Life Movement" (2023). CMC Senior Theses. 3386.
This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.