Again in the 1990s, political events have caused a trend toward Chinese inspired apparel. China's struggle for Democracy brought it to the forefront of national news in the 1990s. The Tiananmen Square Massacre occurred in June 1989. On June 30, 1997, Hong Kong was reunified with China after 157 years of British rule. This especially has brought Chinese influences into Western apparel over the last few years. Mandarin collars, cheong sam (chi pao) variations, fabrics with typical Chinese motifs such as the dragon have been very popular.
Additionally, designers of Chinese heritage have come on to the fashion scene in the 1990s, including Anna Sui and Vivienne Tam.
Tong, Y.S. (1984). Chinese influences on selected designers during the decades, 1961-80. Unpublished master's thesis, Ohio University.
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