Scholars decode why the Hanfu horse-face skirt shines

Scholars decode why the Hanfu horse-face skirt shines

Chinese traditional culture has a long history, is extensive and profound. Excellent traditional culture can inject new creativity and inspiration into the clothing and fashion industry, and integrate more excellent traditional clothing culture into clothing design. This not only enhances the cultural value of the product, but also satisfies consumers’ needs for uniqueness and differentiation. At the moment, the Caoxian horse-faced skirt, which is popular all over the Internet, is the best example of designers integrating traditional Chinese "oriental aesthetics" into modern elements and aesthetic needs, thus giving new vitality to traditional Chinese clothing. On March 19, all-media reporters from Peony Evening News interviewed Hanfu enthusiasts and relevant scholars and listened to their talk about the fashionable charm of horse-faced skirts.

Behind the "fire" of traditional clothing

It is national self-confidence and cultural self-confidence

Oriental beauty emphasizes harmony, balance and artistic conception, focusing on the harmony and unity of clothing, nature and the human body. The patterns, colors, lines and other elements in traditional clothing contain profound cultural connotations and artistic values. With the changes of the times, traditional costumes have gradually faded out of people's daily lives, being shelved or used only as decoration for specific occasions.

Until November 22, 2003, a Hanfu enthusiast named Wang Letian walked on the streets of Zhengzhou wearing Hanfu and was reported by the media. This is the first time that Hanfu has appeared in the public eye in daily life. Subsequently, many Hanfu enthusiasts frequently wore Hanfu into the public eye, allowing more people to understand this traditional costume with profound cultural connotations.

On July 16, 2022, a mid-length skirt from a well-known international luxury brand was suspected of plagiarizing the traditional Chinese dress "horse face skirt". It attracted widespread attention at home and abroad. It has been on Weibo hot searches many times, making "horse face skirt" "Face skirt" has entered the public eye and attracted the attention of the Chinese people.

In order to let the world see and know China's traditional culture and traditional costumes, Chinese students studying abroad spare no effort to promote it in various countries. Some wear Hanfu and hold up the national flag to attend university graduation ceremonies. Some wear Hanfu to perform Chinese salutes at the graduation ceremony to thank their teachers. There are people who go shopping wearing hairpins and horse-faced skirts, there are people who wear Hanfu and play guzheng on the streets, there are people who wear Hanfu and show Chinese Kung Fu on the streets... These are the recognition and yearning for traditional culture of the younger generation in China, and they are a national symbol. The expression of self-confidence and cultural self-confidence is also an important force in promoting the inheritance and innovation of traditional culture.

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Hanfu lovers enjoy the Peony Garden (expansion pack)

Of course, modern communication methods also provide convenience for the promotion of traditional clothing. Through social media, e-commerce platforms and other channels, more people can understand and come into contact with traditional clothing and feel its unique charm. This cross-cultural exchange and collision not only promotes the integration of Eastern and Western cultures, but also provides broad space for the international development of traditional clothing.

In Heze, there are more and more people

Like traditional clothes

After more than 10 years of development, Hanfu has already gradually entered the public's aesthetic vision from the cultural expression symbol of a niche youth group. Behind the changes in aesthetics, what cannot be avoided is the traditional Chinese culture contained in Hanfu that has lasted for thousands of years and is pushing young people to the forefront of trends.

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"Hanfu is a very beautiful piece of clothing, a traditional Chinese costume, and people's aesthetics have been roughly the same since ancient times." said Wang Xianchong, a researcher on Hanfu culture.

Wang Xianchong is one of the conveners of the Heze Hanfu event and has in-depth research and practical experience in the fields of traditional etiquette, Hanfu culture, and interpretation of Chinese classics.

"In 2012, I wore Hanfu on the streets and was often misunderstood. Many people thought I was an actor or opera performer. At that time, Hanfu enthusiasts were more or less misunderstood and questioned. At that time, our purpose was to make people More people know and understand Hanfu," Wang Xianchong said.

Currently, Wang Xianchong is actively preparing for the "Flower Festival" event for Hanfu enthusiasts. He plans to gather some Hanfu enthusiasts to wear Hanfu to the Peony Garden for spring outings and photos, and to popularize the knowledge of traditional Chinese costumes to more people. "Last year, more than 300 Hanfu enthusiasts participated in the Flower Chao Festival. Now, there are more and more Hanfu enthusiasts in Heze," he said happily.

With the development of society and the improvement of living standards, people's spiritual needs and artistic pursuits are getting higher and higher. This is also an important factor in the popularity of Hanfu.

Wang Xianchong said that the horse-faced skirt is just one type of Hanfu, and he hopes everyone can pay attention to other styles of Hanfu. For example, there were many Baidu skirts in the Song Dynasty.The tiny pleats are particularly beautiful and can even be matched with current fashions; or the secondary color skirts from the Tang Dynasty are also very beautiful and, like the horse-faced skirts, can completely adapt to today's life.

Tradition + fashion create "national trend"

The charm of traditional clothing is first reflected in its rich cultural connotation, carrying the wisdom and emotions of the ancients, and showing the auspiciousness, beauty and harmony in traditional aesthetic concepts through patterns and colors.

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Han Sujuan, deputy dean of the School of Art and Design of Heze University, graduated from Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology and has been paying attention to the development of her alma mater. "There is a fashion designer majoring in design at my alma mater who is also engaged in the design of horse-faced skirts. She calls horse-faced skirts the 'new Chinese fashion power'. Today's horse-faced skirts have both traditional Chinese elements and modern fashion elements. The combination is a kind of 'national trend'." Han Sujuan said.

Every April, in major peony gardens in Heze, you can see people wearing traditional Chinese costumes, whether it is cheongsam or Hanfu. They take photos and check in in front of the peonies, full of confidence. The mental state they display is natural and recognized from the bottom of their hearts. They are not wearing it because it is fashionable or hot this time, but they like it from the bottom of their hearts. This is a very big feeling. Variety.

Han Sujuan believes that the most fundamental reason for the "popularity" of the horse-faced skirt lies in its shape itself and the excellent traditional Chinese cultural genes it carries. Take a closer look at the fundamentals. Apart from factors such as freshness and popularity, the main reason why horse-faced skirts are so popular is that they are both good-looking and easy to wear, cost-effective, fashionable and versatile.

"In daily life, whether it is a clean-faced sweater, a white T-shirt, a V-neck shirt, or a Chinese-style button-up garment, it can be paired with a horse-faced skirt, and it will look very fashionable." Han Sujuan said that horse-faced skirts are the most popular There are many new ideas in the matching, and it is this innovative matching that enhances its fashionability.

Chinese culture is extensive, profound and has a long history. As the country attaches great importance to and promotes traditional culture, more and more young people are beginning to understand and love traditional culture. As the carrier of traditional culture, traditional clothing carries rich cultural connotations and historical heritage. Young people can have a deeper understanding and experience of traditional culture through clothing.charm, thereby enhancing cultural confidence.