SIGNED: The Magazine of The Hong Kong Design Institute

SIGNED: The Magazine of The Hong Kong Design Institute


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In Chinese traditions, the clothing system under Confucian rites and etiquettes is a symbol of civilisation, which is best represented by the formal attires of the royals and dignitaries. However, such tradition has faded with the succession of dynasties and the evolution of history. Very often, any residual legacy is only retained verbally by folk artisans. Chinese people do have a few more national costumes. The "Zhongshan suit" (or Mao suit) came from a Japanese imitation of European military uniforms. The more popular derivative known as "Tang suit" (or Zhong suit) is somehow restricted to a certain format and rather lacking in depth. Herman Lee is doing what very few people would in this area. He is adopting a scientific approach and applying modern technology to uncover the origins and standards of the clothing civilisation that Chinese people are proud of.

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