Biography

Christine Tsui is a Fulbright scholar at Parsons the New School for Design and a PhD candidate at the University of Hong Kong majoring in Modern China. Her research is 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.

China Fashion: Conversations with Designers

This book documents the rise (and rise) of fashion design in China. Told through the stories of three generations of designers: those born in the 20s and 30s, who were active before the establishment of the People’s Republic of China in 1949; those born in the 1950s and 60s, when fashion in China was isolated from the rest of the world and the wearing of “Mao suits” became obligatory; and those born in the 1970s and later, who are now attempting to integrate China in to the global fashion industry, not only as producers of clothing but as designers and marketers as well.

Chinese fashion in the past half-century is a fascinating case study, given that the country began in penury, isolation, and political correctness, went through a phase of militant anti-fashion ideology, and is now rapidly developing internationally-minded, and eager to challenge the world in all fields of endeavour. Written by an insider, this book provides a fascinating survey based on the personal, professional and creative experiences of the most influential Chinese fashion designers. As such it will be welcomed by all students of contemporary fashion and design.

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