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The evolution of clothes in the past 60 years

  • Source: Global Times
  • [18:35 September 27 2009]
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In 1979, Chinese youth led the nation in wearing flared trousers. Bell-bottomed pants launched China's fashion revolution. Both men and women wore pants, which had zippers in the front, from the waist to the crotch, upset older generations. The elderly felt the pants were offensive. But Chinese youth ignored them. They felt flared pants liberated more than the body – they freed people. 

The pseudo-collar is a real collar, but only the neck part of a shirt. In an era when shortages of material was common, people could not afford a shirt, and so having such collar was a substitute for a whole shirt in winter to prevent the sweater from getting dirty.


The dolman sleeve, a full sleeve that is very wide at the shoulder and narrow at the wrist, gained prevalence in the late 1980s. Due to the influence of breaking dancing and Michael Jackson' s moonwalk, flapping sleeves and the dance movement brought the best of each other.

In 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, China emerged as an Olympic power by placing fourth on the medal table with 15 gold, eight silver and nine bronze medals. Meihua China sportswear, the official designer for the Chinese delegation, was highly praised for its clothing line. People all over the country felt proud wearing Meihua designs.

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