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China Wearable Art. The Vase on the Runway...?

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The timeless silhouettes of Chinese vases which embodies ideal feminine figure, with large bosom and narrow waist has been inspiration to many beautiful designed dresses. Ancient history that weaved around these Chinese vases continues to intrigue not only in the world of fashion, but as well as architecture and art.

Fashion is art. Fashion is the unspoken words we send to the world. Fashion designers drew inspiration mostly from the culture that brought them up - places, people, colours and life experiences.

We have seen more and more Chinese inspired designs on the runway over the decades as the world of fashion embraced our culture and exotic look.



Chinese actress Fang Bingbing wore an elegant dress by Christopher Bu. Her glorious embroidered dress was inspired by a Chinese porcelain vase from the Qing dynasty and tells stories of the Four Beauties of Ancient China. Her hair is worn in the style of a young noblewoman from the Tang dynasty. 

One should be a work of art, or wear a work of art. – Oscar Wilde

The timeless silhouettes of Chinese vases which embodies ideal feminine figure, with large bosom and narrow waist has been inspiration to many beautiful designed dresses. Intricate oriental prints and symbols take on a modern twist on a classic design.

Haute couture mixing traditional Chinese touches and styles from more than 1,000 years ago with western design is developing vigorously without any sign of slowing down. Ancient history that weaved around these Chinese vases continues to intrigue not only in the world of fashion, but as well as architecture and art.



What better way to show appreciation of your culture than to wear it! Chinese celebrities wore their very own work of art.

Ground Zero



Structured dress in a shape of a Chinese vase from Ground Zero SS’12 Chinatown Collection.

Mary Katrantzou



The designer that inspired all the print on print, Mary Katrantzou brings her trademark opulence to her SS’12 Topshop collection.

Rodarte



Rodarte Spring/Summer 2011 collection was inspired by the Ming Dynasty vases.

Guo Pei



“A dress touches people’s hearts. It’s like an opera. You don't understand the language. Still you feel the moved.” This dress worn by Miss China Universe 2012 won the Best National Costume Award. The gown was inspired by Chien Dynasty-styled vase of ancient China history.

John Galliano



Inspired by blue and white Chinese porcelain, John Galliano took a classic print and turned it into a fabulous haute couture dress. He reminded us how fun and fabulous fashion can be.

Roberto Cavalli



Victoria Beckham look stunning in Roberto Cavalli vase inspired dress.