Introduction: Identifying China in International Relations
In this book I address both “fit” and “fashion”—hence the title. I focus on how China has had to restyle itself to gain recognition from an external audience that was once peripheral but is now the arbiter of fashion. A China used to turning heads before a select audience, largely of its own choosing, now seeks to turn heads far and wide. It aspires to be the fashion capital of the world and has successfully incorporated its own traditions into its designs while producing the finest cutters, seamstresses, and materials in the world. But it alone cannot decide what the “Spring Look” should be. To ensure the return of buyers, it has to keep its styles familiar. And even though the buyers are intrigued, they still flock to the runways of Paris and New York.
KeywordsInternational Relation Chinese Culture Cultural Revolution Chinese State Global Order
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