This book examines the extraordinary range of Chinese dress, from court and formal costumes through to the working attire of the lower classes and the latest fashions of New China. Against a background of historical, cultural, and social change, the author skillfully weaves the story of Chinese dress in all its variations--elaborately embroidered robes, military uniforms, children's dress, wedding and funeral attire, working clothes, and Mao-inspired fashion--and accompanying accessories. The book is illustrated with over 500 images of garments and accessories from museum and private collections as well as unpublished or little-known archival photos and printed materials. For fashion inspiration and accurate representation, the book is an essential reference for costume historians, fashion designers, and collectors as well as all lovers of beautiful clothes. Author Valery Garrett. Hard Cover.