Bag of remembrance: a cultural biography of red-white-blue, from Hong Kong to Louis Vuitton

Ling, Wessie (2018) Bag of remembrance: a cultural biography of red-white-blue, from Hong Kong to Louis Vuitton. In: European Fashion: The Creation of a Global Industry. Manchester University Press, Manchester, pp. 283-301. ISBN 9781526122100

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This chapter discusses the extent to which a Chinese export has played a part in the realities and identities of varied communities, as well as the re-fashioning of Chinese exports into a fashion commodity. It traces the origin and development of Red-White-Blue, and its connotations and cultural significance to Hong Kong and communities across several continents. Through its biography, this chapter unpacks how various communities adopted and (re)interpreted their versions of Red-White-Blue bags. The chapter concludes with a discussion of Louis Vuitton’s replica of this plaid bag. The questions addressed here include authenticity, cultural identity, and the power dynamic between high and low culture. Specifically, the chapter juxtaposes Western fashion institutions and Asian street culture, and examines the relationship of Chinese production to the European-American fashion system. The analysis draws on empirical and ethnographic research, including interviews with makers and users, and detailed readings of the contemporary global fashion scene as represented in the traditional press and on the Web.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Material culture, object analysis, fashion history, Hong Kong study, cultural studies, cultural identity, cultural appropriation, red-white-blue
Subjects: 700 The arts; fine & decorative arts > 740 Drawing & decorative arts
900 History & geography > 950 History of Asia; Far East
Department: The School of Art, Architecture and Design
Depositing User: Wessie Ling
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2020 09:30
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2020 09:30

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