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Back in Time with Beijinger's Wardrobe Fashion Evolution

(CRI Online)

14:36, March 28, 2013

Back in the 1950s, the round collar, loose-sleeve dress caught on in China after a batch of Russian films were released here. [Photo:]

Rome wasn't built in a day. Mao suits and monotonous colors dominated the wardrobes of Chinese people in the 1960s and 70s. Nowadays, from tight low-waist jeans to backless blouses, Chinese fashion has certainly caught up with global trends.

At 56 years old, Aunt Zhou, who lives in northeast Beijing, is a fashionable woman for her age. She can still remember her mother's wardrobe, which included a soldier's uniform and a one-piece Russian dress called a Blazy.

Back in the 1950s, this round collar, loose-sleeve dress caught on in China after a batch of Russian films were released here. Chinese novelist Wang Meng writes that middle school students exchanged their school uniforms for Blazies when they went to weekend parties. Back then, it was the dream dress of every young girl.

Ms. Zhou, Beijing resident, said, "What impressed me deeply was a colorful scarf, which was so rebellious during that blue and grey era."

This beautiful gauze scarf definitely drew eyes in a time when color schemes were so limited. It was an ideal accessory to lift a woman out of the ordinary.

Zhou tells us this fake decor collar was widely used by women in the 1970s, as many couldn't afford to buy a real decor shirt.

After the opening and reform policy in the late 1970s, a variety of new materials began to appear on the market. In one of Aunt Zhou's wardrobes, she has collected many clothes from back then.

Ms. Zhou also said, "All these clothes belong to the era before the 1980s, like this sweater. Sweaters were seldom sold in stores, so this was weaved by myself. I bought this coat before 1980. It has shoulder pads, a fashionable style back then."

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