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Fashion, Identity, and Power in Modern Asia

  • Kyunghee Pyun
  • Aida Yuen Wong


  • Contributes a variety of perspectives on fashion/clothing's impact on popular and industrial culture

  • Provides the first comparative analysis of clothing and dress in China, Japan, and Korea

  • Offers entry points for further research on the impact of modernity and imperialism in neglected areas such as military uniform, school uniform, women's accessories, shoe manufacturing, and textile trade


Part of the East Asian Popular Culture book series (EAPC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvii
  2. Kyunghee Pyun, Aida Yuen Wong
    Pages 1-19
  3. Garments and Uniforms

  4. Accessories

  5. Fabrics

  6. Fashion Styles

About this book


This edited volume on radical dress reforms in East Asia takes a fresh look at the symbols and languages of modernity in dress and body. Dress reform movements around the turn of the twentieth century in the region have received little critical attention as a multicultural discourse of labor, body, gender identity, colonialism, and government authority. With contributions by leading experts of costume/textile history of China, Korea, and Japan, this book presents up-to-date scholarship using diverse methodologies in costume history, history of consumption, and international trade.

Thematically organized into sections exploring the garments and uniforms, accessories, fabrics, and fashion styles of Asia, this edited volume offers case studies for students and scholars in an ever-expanding field of material culture including, but not limited to, economic history, visual culture, art history, history of journalism, and popular culture. Fashion, Identity, and Power in Modern Asia stimulates further research on the impact of modernity and imperialism in neglected areas such as military uniform, school uniform, women’s accessories, hairstyles, and textile trade.


Material Culture Visual Culture Fashion Culture East Asian Fashion Costume and Textile History History of Consumption and Trade Modernity and Imperialism

Editors and affiliations

  • Kyunghee Pyun
    • 1
  • Aida Yuen Wong
    • 2
  1. 1.Fashion Institute of TechnologySUNYNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Brandeis UniversityWalthamUSA

About the editors

Kyunghee Pyun is Assistant Professor of History of Art at Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY, USA.

Aida Yuen Wong is Nathan Cummings and Robert B. and Beatrice C. Mayer Professor in Fine Arts at Brandeis University, USA.

Bibliographic information


“This book, in varying ways, treat the intersection of Western clothing, accessories, hair fashions, and fabrics with existing local versions of those aspects of dress and representation of the body. … this is a very fine book. Its focus on fashion helps to modify the grand narrative of modern East Asian history.” (Barbara Molony, Asia Pacific Perspectives, Vol. 16 (1), 2019)