There's been a lot of asian influenced fashions on the catwalks lately, reflecting the world's increasing focus on China, especially because of the Beijing olympics. It's not so unusual, since the mystique of far east cultures has always held a fascination with the west. China is famous for its beautiful silk brocades, embroidery and exquisite tailoring. And designers have incorporated traditional oriental silhouettes, motifs, beading and textiles and into their clothing as far back as the early 1900's.
Below are some lovely examples of vintage Chinese and Asian inspired fashions I found on the internet recently.
An 80's bright yellow geometric print silk dress by Sue Wong. In China the color yellow represents royalty and respect.
Offered by Figure 8 Studios.
1920's Silk Chinese Art Deco embroidered blouse from Robin Clayton Vintage
Stunning cheongsam style 50's vintage dress with mandarin collar for sale at Hooked on Vintage
60s/70s Turquoise and hot pink beaded dragon gown and matching coat from Midnight Glamour
1920's Black and red beaded chinese motif dress offered at Past Perfect Vintage
Hand embroidered Chinese silk shawl circa 1900 from Vintage Textile