Coinciding with The Museum at FIT's Food and Fashion exhibition, "The Cross-Cultural Transformations of Chinese Food and Fashion" essay details the history of how Chinese Americans have been persecuted for their cultural dress and cuisine, as well as explores how contemporary Chinese designers and artists are using fashion and art to overturn Western stereotypical narratives.
"1995 – Vivienne Tam, Mao Collection"
FIT Fashion History Timeline (2020)
My "1995 – Vivienne Tam, Mao Collection" essay for the FIT Fashion History Timeline documents Tam's spring 1995 collection. For this collection, she collaborated with Chinese artist Zhang Hongtu to create garments featuring portraits of Mao Zedong. Zhang Hongtu manipulated Mao’s image as “a kind of mental therapy" to process his experience during the Cultural Revolution.
The Fashion and Race Database is an online platform filled with open-source tools that expand the narrative of fashion history and challenge misrepresentation within the fashion system. The "Objects That Matter: Qipao" article features a short profile of the qipao, its cultural origins, and enumerated examples of its global reach/influence and even appropriation.
"Mad for Mao: The Fashionable Fantasy of Communist China"
Fashion Institute of Technology (2020)
My FIT graduate school qualification paper "Mad for Mao: The Fashionable Fantasy of Communist China" explores how Western culture and fashion glamourized the imagery of Mao Zedong and China's Cultural Revolution to fit a revolutionary and orientalist agenda while ignoring the realities of Chinese life.
"Gucci Strikes Red: China's Love Affair with Gucci"
FIT Fashion History Timeline (2019)
The Fashion History Timeline is an open-access source for fashion history knowledge, featuring objects and artworks from over a hundred museums and libraries that span the globe. My article "Gucci Strikes Red: China's Love Affair with Gucci" explores the consumer relationship between Gucci and China.
"The Culture of Learning at MFIT"Exhibitionism: 50 Years of the Museum at FIT (Skira, 2019)
Coinciding with the Exhibitionism: 50 Years of the Museum at FIT exhibition, "The Culture of Learning at MFIT" details the enlightening history of The Museum at FIT and its educational initiatives.