Biography

Dr. Christine Tsui is an independent fashion researcher, commentator, writer and consultant. Her most recent publication is a journal article titled with “Socialism and the fashion business: The case of China and Hong Xiang” (International Journal of Fashion Studies) and a book chapter “ ‘Fashion’ in the Chinese context” in Modern Fashion Traditions (Jansen & Craik, 2016).

Tsui also writes for Chinese fashion media and offers training to Chinese fashion companies. As someone who has had long time on-hands experiences in clothing/shoes businesses and received professional academia training, she has been interviewed for her views on the development of fashion industry by most of top fashion/financial media in China. She was also invited by Shanghai Fashion Week to give critiques for the fashion shows.

Christine Tsui was a Fulbright scholar at Parsons the New School for Design in 2013-14. Her research was about the comparative study of American fashion system and the Chinese fashion system. She obtained her master’s degree in Fashion Marketing & Management from London College of Fashion in 2003.

Tsui taught the course of China Fashion/Nation with Professor Hazel Clark at Parsons the New School for Design. She was also a visiting associate professor at the Shanghai Design Institute- China Academy of Arts from 2004 to 2010.

Tsui worked in clothing industry in China for nearly 15 years, with clients including the sports giant Nike, the largest Chinese clothing and shoes retailer Belle and the largest supply chain management enterprise in Asia, Li & Fung Group. Her work experience encompassed operations, sales, retailing, product management and general management.

Her primary publications include: China Fashion: Conversations with Designers in both English and Chinese (Bloomsbury, 2009; Hong Kong University Press, 2013; China Textile Press, 2014) and Work Book for Fashion Buyers (Chinese, China Textile Press, 2011). Work Book for Fashion Buyers won the Best Book of the Year award in the Textile & Clothing Category in 2012, and has been reprinted multiple times.

Christine Tsui is also the author of journal article “From Symbols to Spirit: Changing Conceptions of National Identity in Chinese Fashion” which was published in Fashion Theory in the Vol. 17 issue, 2013. Her forthcoming publication will be “The Concept of Fashion’ in the Chinese Context” in Modern Fashion Traditions: Negotiating Tradition and Modernity through Fashion, edited by Angela Jansen and Jennifer Craik, Bloomsbury, 2014-15. She is also invited to contribute the article ‘Contemporary Chinese Fashion Design’ to the Encyclopaedia of Asian Design by Bloomsbury.

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