Who says history is exhausting? Singaporean Gong Pan, who additionally passes by the moniker “Hanfugirl”, is commending her social legacy by sprucing up in style.
In May 2015, Gong Pan and her significant other traveled to Beijing for their wedding photoshoot. For one of the sessions, they went to a studio to spruce up in outfits from various periods in Chinese history – and she was immediately snared.
“It was the first occasion when I had taken an appropriate photoshoot and I thought it was so pleasant. So I inquired about more and discovered there was this entire new universe of hanfu in China, where individuals would contend about whether they were sufficiently legitimate. What’s more, I understood it wasn’t just about looking lovely,” she said.
Relationship WITH HANFU
For the 31-year-old Singaporean, that concise cosplay minute was the begin of a progressing relationship with hanfu, the conventional garments of the Han Chinese, and the history woven into these.
Quick to discover more about these favor garments from the past, she started purchasing books on the historical backdrop of Chinese mold.
She began shopping, as well. Today, she has around 50 sets of attire, all purchased from web based shopping website Taobao. Her accumulation ranges from styles that go back to the Han Dynasty to as later as China in the 1930s.
Under the moniker Hanfugirl, she has been making photos of her and her companions spruced up in these garments, which she posts on Facebook and Instagram.
What’s more, she is currently taking her own leisure activity to the following level. Gong, who is an open hireling working in a gallery, is introducing a design appear on Saturday evening (Sep 30) at the Esplanade Concourse, under expressions of the human experience focus’ Moonfest occasion.
Titled Before Cheongsam: 2,000 Years of Chinese Fashion, it highlights 20 pieces from her gathering, which will be worn by companions. A little nearby display, which keeps running until Oct 4, will likewise include five different pieces and photographic works.
For the craftsman and Han culture lover, design has been an awesome method for getting through the frequently befuddling disorder of names, dates and random data.
“I never considered Chinese history and my experience was a greater amount of expressive arts and English writing, so it truly opened up this world to me,” said Gong, who was conceived in China yet moved to Singapore at seven years old.
She included: “That is the reason I endeavor to make my photos lovely. At the point when individuals see the photographs, ideally they’ll go: ‘Gracious, they look beautiful; I need to find out about this present.’ That’s the means by which I began to find out about Chinese history – in light of the fact that I saw a quite dress.”
A ONE-WOMAN SHOW
Excepting the infrequent open air shoots at Chinese Garden or excursions to China, a large portion of her pictures are made at home.
The shoots are done in one corner of her apartment suite, and make-up and sprucing up are done in one room. Her dresses – for which she has spent “in any event S$10,000” – are put away in another room.
More often than not, it’s a one-lady work. “I do the make-up, the hairstyling and the after creation. I would get my companions to take the photographs or I would set up my camera and get a companion to snap it for me. At that point I would alter the photographs,” she stated, including that the procedure could take one to two hours.
At first the photographs were all generally of her, yet she later welcomed companions and work associates to take on the appearance of a type of holding session.
With respect to her moniker, Hanfugirl, it was an inviting answer at her significant other, a specialist, who might prod that that what she was doing was nothing contrasted with Gossip Girl, the TV appear.
“So I got nourished up and said I would call myself Hanfugirl just to demonstrate hatred for him,” she stated, with a chuckle.
Her design abuses are not restricted to only photoshoots for online networking – she once in a while spruces up for formal events, for example, weddings and even goes to work in hanfu, short the intricate cosmetics and hairdo, obviously.
Gong included that she and her companions, who additionally wear hanfu, have every so often been mixed up for being either Korean or Japanese. She figures it’s imaginable on the grounds that individuals are just comfortable with the cheongsam – or qipao – and prior customary Chinese clothing are obscure to most.
HANFU IN STAR WARS?
In any case, Gong brought up that the more well-known Chinese dress is just a glimpse of a larger problem with regards to a form legacy that extends back centuries and draws from various impacts.
“While hanfu by and large implies that it’s anything that has a place with the Han Chinese, it’s not all that obvious. The term Chinese isn’t isolated and not a stone monument. China has dependably been associated with its neighbors,” she said.
She called attention to how foldable fans, pants and even belt clasps – which showed up all through different Chinese traditions – were all impacts from Japan, traveling tribes and Persia, separately.
What’s more, similarly as different societies have made their blemish on hanfu design before, the last has likewise been making its blemish on contemporary culture without us knowing it.
“All things considered, Queen Amidala from Star Wars appears to be particularly impacted by the Chinese sort of cosmetics – the two red dabs (on her cheekbone) can be from the Han line. And after that you have those sorts of cosmetics on the design runways of top of the line brands,” she said.
High form and space musical drama motion picture characters, however, are very unique in relation to regular wear – yet Gong trusts it’s a short time.
She refered to a developing hanfu development in China, with urban areas holding their own hanfu celebrations and even a noticeable popular music figure – Jay Chou’s lyricist Vincent Fang – being a dynamic champion of the design.
In Singapore, however, she lets it out’s still exceptionally specialty. “Indeed, even Singaporean Chinese wouldn’t generally know or aren’t that intrigued by conventional Chinese culture nowadays. Be that as it may, ideally, through style, more individuals will understand it’s truly intriguing to find out about it.”