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Student Showcase Archive

Fangqing Shen

MA work

MA work

  • An everyday practical Ming-style hanfu outfit

    An everyday practical Ming-style hanfu outfit, 2017
    Photographer: Deng ke'er

  • Peach and bamboo: Over the picture wall

    Peach and bamboo: Over the picture wall, Jiangnan taohuajia 2016

Hanfu: Imagining Chinese Ethnic Clothing and Youth Culture

The research explores hanfu movement among the Chinese youth. Reviewing hanfu in authentic voices and motif study respectively, it demonstrates dual characteristics: its conceptual framework represents an idealised Han ethnic figure and betrays Han identity anxiety, even Han supremacism ideology;In contrast, its practical application represents the eclectic values via cosmopolitan design motifs. Accordingly, this dissertation reflects on the authenticity in subculture context, and concludes by arguing that hanfu design is more about reinventing a bottom up non-existent tradition rather than reviving classicism.



  • MA Degree


    School of Arts & Humanities


    MA History of Design, 2018

  • Fangqing Shen is a second-year History of Design student at the V&A/RCA. Graduating from Tongji University, she has worked as an assistant editor in Yin Zhengsheng Design History Studio. Her current research interests are nationality, ethnicity and youth culture in the study of Chinese material culture, as well as collective memory and history from below.

  • Degrees

  • BA Jewellery Design, Tongji University, 2012
  • Experience

  • Internship, Assistant Editor, Yin Zhengsheng Design History Studio, Shanghai, 2015–2016; Internship, Assistant Editor, Shanghai People's Fine Arts Publishing House, Shanghai, 2014