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The Body Is Deeply Concealed in Clothing, and the Beauty Exists in Image: Aesthetic Thought of Chinese Traditional Clothing Design

| 2019-12-05

Chinese Journal of Literary Criticism

No.4, 2019

 

The Body Is Deeply Concealed in Clothing, and the Beauty Exists in Image: Aesthetic Thought of Chinese Traditional Clothing Design

(Abstract)

 

Liang Mei

 

The beauty of costume is a cultural achievement that the Chinese nation is proud of. Chinese traditional clothes were formed in the Spring and Autumn Period and Warring States Period. During these periods, a new type of clothing featuring gracefulness and elegance appeared, which could cover the whole body and keep it  hidden, thus it is called “shenyi” (deep clothing).The form of “shenyi” is the result of Chinese etiquette culture, which directly affects the aesthetic style of traditional clothing. During the Qin and Han dynasties, the gown characterized by “shenyi” was established as the basic form of clothing, and a set of complicated and systematic rules and regulations for vehicles and public dress were developed. In later dynasties, influenced by Chinese philosophy, aesthetics and traditional culture, costume design basically maintained the overall style and characteristic of “shenyi.” Traditional Chinese costumes have unique aesthetic styles in shape, decoration and color, such as five classic colors, embroidery and deep clothing. Traditional gowns and bands show various postures along with physical activities. Romantic, poetic and relaxed clothing are displayed along with people’s behavior. This kind of beauty is like a shadow following the shape, which makes people “give up the shape and enjoy the shadow.” It is the rhythm and charm presented by people and clothing together, showing a kind of image beauty featuring “rhythmic vitality.”