Poster Art of Modern China

Chinese Poster

Part of a Chinese poster from 1964, depicting a harvest scene.
The caption reads ‘Achieve great harvest every year’.

Last Friday morning I opened an international conference at ECA focusing on Poster Art of Modern China and coinciding with the continuing exhibition on the same theme in Chambers Street.

Hosted by the University’s Confucius Institute, the exhibition offers glorious highlights from Yang Pai Ming’s extensive collection at the Shanghai Propoganda Poster Art Centre. Our colleague Chia-ling Yang from History of Art at ECA presented on Shanghai posters of the early twentieth century, many of which advertised fashion goods, and in their famous calendar formats featured glamorous Chinese models.

We are excited to have received recent news that colleagues including Chia-Ling at ECA and scholars at London College of Fashion have been awarded funding from the Chinese Government via our partners Donghua University in Shanghai  to engage in a three-year project on the history and culture of Shanghai as an international fashion city.

I will be part of the team, researching representations of Shanghai style in the British and American media in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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