Profile Post: Designer Ma Ke, the reclusive designer who dresses China’s First Lady, fuses Chinese traditional touches with modern style

Ma Ke, 46, was the first Chinese designer invited to Paris Fashion Week in 2007, and her handmade creations have become part of the Victoria and Albert Museum collection in London. She is also the designer of Chinese First Lady Peng Liyuan. Ma Ke is one of China’s most prolific designers, she’s famous, she’s the woman behind the Chinese…

Social media trend: Disney princesses in Chinese traditional clothing

The combination of Disney princesses and Chinese traditional costume has emerged recently in the Chinese social media platform, Weibo. Some bloggers who like Chinese traditional costume and Disney characters imagined that Disney princesses put on Chinese traditional clothing like the hanfu, and some of bloggers drew the images by themselves. The above picture shows that…

Survey: Should we save the “hanfu”?

In my last post in the blog of Oriental Enchantment, I discussed an issue that the most Han Chinese don’t wear their traditional dress – hanfu and the reasons behind this phenomenon. Then there are some other questions remain, what do people think of the hanfu? Should we save the hanfu culture? How to protect…

Video: Why don’t the Han Chinese wear their traditional clothing nowadays?

Hanfu is an outstanding representative of Chinese history and etiquette culture, which is the national costume of Han people in China. But today, it’s unusual to see Chinese wear traditional dress on the street. And most Han Chinese do not wear the hanfu, although during their traditional festival. It’s so sad that no one recognizes that China’ s costume is…

The Chinese fascination: Minorities dressing in China

Hanfu is the traditional costume of the Han Chinese, who are the ethnic majority group in China. Interestingly, China is a multi-ethnic nation. There are numerous clothing designs and forms in Chinese ethnic minorities’ dressing culture. Besides the Han Chinese, who make up over 90% of China’s population. There are officially 55 minority ethnic groups…

FAQ: What will you find in this blog?

Q1. What does the blog title “Oriental Enchantment” mean? “Oriental Enchantment” is a journey to explore Chinese traditional dress culture. Q2. What kind of Chinese traditional costume this blog will cover? The blog will discuss the costume culture about hanfu, qipao, minorities dressing, the Chinese fan, velvet flower, brilliant-colored brocade, etc. Q3. What can readers…