Attributing fashion and beauty to the “lifestyle of carrion capitalism,” short, chopped hairstyles and service uniforms were the only fashion statements that Chinese women could make until the 1980s when the spirit of capitalism began seeping into this staunch Communist country.
Today, with more than half a billion Chinese women free to rejoin the alluring world of couture and beauty, China is teeming with chic haircuts, hot hairstylists and cosmetics whose popularity are being driven by foreign movie stars and highly regarded fashion designers. Sound familiar?
Launchpad’s Chinese correspondent Chen Nan Yang gives us the scoop on this once-forbidden world in the top cities of Mainland China.
—Chen Nan Yang