The Fashionable Women of Pan Yuliang

Pan Yuliang (1895-1977) was a Chinese Modernist known for her female nudes. Although Yuliang’s work is often praised for its lack of clothing, some of her artwork and self-portraits feature feminine fashions from the early to mid-20th century. These images not only display clothing but also reveal two cultures that identified the artist, one ofContinue reading “The Fashionable Women of Pan Yuliang”

An Ao Dai and A Jumpsuit: The Fashions of Dang Tuyet Mai

The third and final subject of Vietnamese First Ladies Fashion, Đặng Tuyết Mai, was not the wife of a President, but that of a Prime Minister, and later, Vice President. A stylish figure photographed during the Vietnam War, Mai’s clothing choices mirrored the style of another political wife, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Both chose clean linesContinue reading “An Ao Dai and A Jumpsuit: The Fashions of Dang Tuyet Mai”

The Nhu Look: The Fashions of Madame Nhu

Although she was born Trần Lệ Xuân, Madame Nhu was a woman known under many names. She was also called “Tiger Lady” and “Dragon Lady,” which the latter was based on a racist Asian character from the U.S. cartoon, “Terry and the Pirates.” These names were due to her blunt personality and cutting remarks, butContinue reading “The Nhu Look: The Fashions of Madame Nhu”

Nam Phuong, The Woman Who Wore Silver Trousers To Meet The Pope

Marie-Thérèse Nguyễn Hữu Thị Lan was born in the French colony Cochinchina, which is located in a southern portion of modern-day Vietnam. Lan grew up in a wealthy Roman Catholic family and was educated overseas in France (1). In 1934, she ended her schooling in a French convent to marry Emperor Bảo Đai. According to the 1934Continue reading “Nam Phuong, The Woman Who Wore Silver Trousers To Meet The Pope”

A Taste For Style: The Innovative Career of Cleopatra Broumand Birrenbach

Fashion designer Cleopatra Broumand Birrenbach was a woman who made her own opportunities. Today she’s living a quiet life, but during her heyday in the 1970s and 1980s, the likes of Vogue and The New York Times often reported on Birrenbach’s successful womenswear line. Birrenbach was also one of the first Persian fashion designers to findContinue reading “A Taste For Style: The Innovative Career of Cleopatra Broumand Birrenbach”