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Lingerie Culture in China and

by Pan Jianhua

Publisher: China Fine Arts Publishing Group

Date Published: 2012/07/01

Price: 99.80

ISBN: 978-7-102-05998-30

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 This book analyzes the generation and evolution of lingerie culture in China and the western world, and describes a cultural history of body management. The author not only studies lingerie in the narrow sense, but also the broad lingerie concept, which covers not only style and color of lingerie, but also the broad social background in terms of regime, lifestyle, sexual concept, culture, arts, and philosophiy. Therefore, it is useful for the fields of cultural studies, sociology, and apparel art, as well as costume design and higher education. The 200,000-character book contains 470 rare illustrations, most of which have been in the author's treasured collection for more than a decade. In the author’s opinion, Chinese lingerie, from Hanyi (a kind of underclothes) in the Han Dynasty to the tube top of the Tang Dynasty, from Zhuyao (a kind of corset with stays) in the Song Dynasty to the bellyband of the Republic of China period, all have distinct folk features and focus on ideal, restrained, and hidden love. In contrast, western lingerie, from the Crete Island half-slip to the Renaissance Period corselet, and to the bra and bikini of modern times, are mostly exposed with the themes of erotism and bodily expression.

Pan Jianhua is a renowned expert in China, a professor and a doctoral supervisor in Shanghai Theatre Academy, and chief editor of Theatre Arts, a Chinese core periodical. His major works include Stage Costume Design and Techniques, Apparel Somatology and Costume Design, Lingerie Culture in Ancient China, and others. Pan has long been engaged in studies on folklore, costumes, and sexology, and has carried out comprehensive and pioneering research on lifestyle, life attitudes, pleasures, sexual orientation, and other aspects involved in the lingerie of both China and the western world.

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