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Interpreting Ancient Chinese Fashion

Interpreting Ancient Chinese Fashion

60-Minute Documentary (2007)

Two San Francisco fashion designers—Colleen Quen and Jude Gabbard— seek new inspiration by visiting China for the first time.

They skip cosmopolitan Shanghai, and head straight to one of China’s most remote and poorest areas, Guizhou Province. While economically poor, this region is rich in diversity, culture—and, of course—fashion.

Guizhou is home to many of the country’s 55 ethnic minority groups, each with a distinct traditional style of dress. While signs of modernization are clearly visible in Guizhou’s ancient communities, entering them is still like stepping back in time. The clothes they wear today are the same as their ancestors wore centuries ago.

Colleen and Jude traipse through rice terraces and steep hillsides to visit the ancient villages of the Miao (Hmong) and Buyi people. They learn traditions that have been passed down for generations, and the villagers help them decode some reoccurring motifs on their clothing. Colleen and Jude take a hands-on approach to learning about wax-dye batiks, embroidery, silver jewelry, unusual hairstyles and adornments— and they explore the layers of meaning behind these unique designs and accessories.

Once back in the U.S., Colleen and Jude process their China trip and incorporate this experience into their designs. So, just what does this fashion fusion look like? Do their design approaches transform? Colleen and Jude debut their new China-inspired collections in March 2008 and reveal the answers.

Press Coverage:
SF Chronicle, March 2, 2008: “Quen, Gabbard inspired by ancient costumes.”

7 x 7 Magazine (Blog), March 3, 2008: “It takes a village.”
Contra Costa Times (Blog), March 6, 2008: “Ancient Chinese fashion with a modern twist.
The Finer Dandy (Blog), March 8, 2008: “Emile Hirsh hangin’ out at a fashion exhibit?

Fashion Exhibit: For the conclusion of the documentary, Colleen and Jude debut their China-inspired collections on March 6, 2008, at Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art in San Francisco.

China Photos: Colleen and Jude spend November 2007 learning about fashion in remote villages and sharing their discoveries on camera.

Air Dates and Times
Stations will be added below as we become informed of airing schedules. Not all stations or times will be listed. Check your local listings for most accurate dates and times.

 

Viewers
If you do not see your local station listed here, contact the TV Programmer at your PBS station to request Interpreting Ancient Chinese Fashion.

TV Airing Schedule

California

KLCSDT Los Angeles, CA January 23, 2012  (Mon)
January 28, 2012  (Sat)
9:00pm
10:00pm

Ohio

WOUBDT/DT2 Columbus, OH February 20, 2012 (Mon)
February 21, 2012 (Tues)
February 23, 2012 
(Thurs)
February 26, 2012 (Sun)
12:30am
3:00am
5:00am
4:00am

Texas

KLRUDT Austin, TX January 5, 2012  (Thurs) 4:00am

West Virgina

WOUCDT/DT2 Wheeling, WV February 20, 2012 (Mon)
February 23, 2012 (Thurs)
February 23, 2012 
(Thurs)
February 24, 2012 (Fri)
February 27, 2012 (Mon)
12:30am
5:00am
3:00am
10:00pm
5:00am

Title: Interpreting Ancient Chinese Fashion    Length: 78 minutes   Format: DVD
    Production Year: 2007

Price for home use: $25.00 plus shipping and handling.

(The DVD price is for home-use. If you are ordering for a library, college, business, government agency or other institution, the price is $75.00 per DVD plus shipping a Save nd handling fees.)


Availability: In stock.

SHIPPING & HANDLING Usually ships in 3-4 business days.

Shipping and handling in the U.S. is $5.00 for the first DVD and $2.00 for each additional DVD. For international shipments, prices will vary.

PAYMENT METHODS

Cashier’s Check / Money Order 
Send a Cashier’s Check or Money Order for the correct amount (including shipping and handling) to the address below. Make the check payable to “D3 Productions, Inc.” Please indicate the title of the DVD(s) and the number of copies in your order. We do not accept personal checks.

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D3 Productions, Inc.
7700 Edgewater Drive, Suite 248
Oakland, CA 94621

Description

60-Minute Documentary (2008)

Two San Francisco fashion designers—Colleen Quen and Jude Gabbard— seek new inspiration by visiting China for the first time.

They skip cosmopolitan Shanghai, and head straight to one of China’s most remote and poorest areas, Guizhou Province. While economically poor, this region is rich in diversity, culture—and, of course—fashion.

Guizhou is home to many of the country’s 55 ethnic minority groups, each with a distinct traditional style of dress. While signs of modernization are clearly visible in Guizhou’s ancient communities, entering them is still like stepping back in time. The clothes they wear today are the same as their ancestors wore centuries ago.

Colleen and Jude traipse through rice terraces and steep hillsides to visit the ancient villages of the Miao (Hmong) and Buyi people. They learn traditions that have been passed down for generations, and the villagers help them decode some reoccurring motifs on their clothing. Colleen and Jude take a hands-on approach to learning about wax-dye batiks, embroidery, silver jewelry, unusual hairstyles and adornments— and they explore the layers of meaning behind these unique designs and accessories.

Once back in the U.S., Colleen and Jude process their China trip and incorporate this experience into their designs. So, just what does this fashion fusion look like? Do their design approaches transform? Colleen and Jude debut their new China-inspired collections in March 2008 and reveal the answers.

Press Coverage:
SF Chronicle, March 2, 2008: “Quen, Gabbard inspired by ancient costumes.”
7 x 7 Magazine (Blog), March 3, 2008: “It takes a village.”
Contra Costa Times (Blog), March 6, 2008: “Ancient Chinese fashion with a modern twist.
The Finer Dandy (Blog), March 8, 2008: “Emile Hirsh hangin’ out at a fashion exhibit?

Gallery

Fashion Exhibit: For the conclusion of the documentary, Colleen and Jude debut their China-inspired collections on March 6, 2008, at Mark Wolfe Contemporary Art in San Francisco.

China Photos: Colleen and Jude spend November 2007 learning about fashion in remote villages and sharing their discoveries on camera.

TV Airing Schedule

Air Dates and Times
Stations will be added below as we become informed of airing schedules. Not all stations or times will be listed. Check your local listings for most accurate dates and times.

Viewers
If you do not see your local station listed here, contact the TV Programmer at your PBS station to request Interpreting Ancient Chinese Fashion.

TV Airing Schedule

California

KLCSDT Los Angeles, CA January 23, 2012  (Mon)
January 28, 2012  (Sat)
9:00pm
10:00pm

Ohio

WOUBDT/DT2 Columbus, OH February 20, 2012 (Mon)
February 21, 2012 (Tues)
February 23, 2012 
(Thurs)
February 26, 2012 (Sun)
12:30am
3:00am
5:00am
4:00am

Texas

KLRUDT Austin, TX January 5, 2012  (Thurs) 4:00am

West Virgina

WOUCDT/DT2 Wheeling, WV February 20, 2012 (Mon)
February 23, 2012 (Thurs)
February 23, 2012 
(Thurs)
February 24, 2012 (Fri)
February 27, 2012 (Mon)
12:30am
5:00am
3:00am
10:00pm
5:00am

 

Purchase DVD

Title:  Interpreting Ancient Chinese Fashion    Length: 78 minutes   Format: DVD
    Production Year: 2007

Price for home use: $25.00 plus shipping and handling.

(The DVD price is for home-use. If you are ordering for a library, college, business, government agency or other institution, the price is $75.00 per DVD plus shipping and handling fees.)


Availability: In stock.

SHIPPING & HANDLING Usually ships in 3-4 business days.

Shipping and handling in the U.S. is $5.00 for the first DVD and $2.00 for each additional DVD. For international shipments, prices will vary.

PAYMENT METHODS

Cashier’s Check / Money Order 
Send a Cashier’s Check or Money Order for the correct amount (including shipping and handling) to the address below. Make the check payable to “D3 Productions, Inc.” Please indicate the title of the DVD(s) and the number of copies in your order. We do not accept personal checks.

Mail to:

D3 Productions, Inc.
7700 Edgewater Drive, Suite 248
Oakland, CA 94621