Branding "Created in China" : the rise of Chinese fashion designers

Ferrero-Regis, Tiziana & Lindgren, Timothy (2012) Branding "Created in China" : the rise of Chinese fashion designers. Fashion Practice, 4(1), pp. 71-94.

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This article discusses the importance of aesthetic recognition and branding for Chinese fashion designers as prerequisites for their successful positioning in a globalized marketplace. Fundamental to this process is the communication of their aesthetic in their branding process. In addition, the emergence of fashion designers of Asian-American descent who align their creative vision with a globally mainstream audience has created momentum for the new generation of mainland Chinese designers. Chinese creativity is moving to center stage as the country’s role as a leading consumer market with brands of domestic origin strengthens.

Thus the aim of this article is to uncover the tension between what is, on the one hand, the need to embrace a global market, and, on the other, the desire to create the elements of a distinctly Chinese brand through aesthetic references to Chinese culture and iconography. We argue that one core element of branding is reference to heritage and tradition. Therefore to satisfy an increasingly sophisticated Chinese consumer, Chinese designers need to be able to incorporate these elements into a characteristic and well-promoted personal vision.

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ID Code: 53404
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: China, Fashion, Creativity, Branding, Design
DOI: 10.2752/175693812X13239580431342
ISSN: 1756-9370
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Textile and Fashion Design (120306)
Divisions: Past > Research Centres > ARC Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Berg Publishers
Deposited On: 30 Aug 2012 23:06
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2012 04:37

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