Inspired by Shanghai Girls, a book by Lisa See.
SHANGHAI PROPAGANDA POSTER ART CENTRE
Chinese vintage: Shanghai girl advertisement • This poster is sponsered online at the SHANGHAI PROPAGANDA POSTER ART CENTRE, however this is NOT Chinese communist propaganda. These art poster illustrations are from the colonial period of Republican Shanghai and date from the 1920s-1930s. Collectively they have become known as Shanghai Girls.
1910, Tye Leung Schulze was hired as the first Chinese federal civil servant at the Angel Island Immigration Station, where she met her future husband, Charles Schulze. At the time they had to travel to Washington State to marry because California did not allow marriages between Chinese and white Americans. In 1912, Tye voted in the presidential primaries and became “the first Chinese woman in the history of the world to exercise the electoral franchise.” (SF Examiner May 12, 1912)
The modernized Chinese dress commonly worn by women in the early decades of the twentieth century is called the qipao
The mandarin collar, one of the essential features of the qipao, sometimes came to be exaggerated for stylistic effect. Here we see three women from 1930s Shanghai who have adopted a high collar style. Prior to the twentieth century, collars had never been so exaggerated.