REFLECTING SOCIAL CHANGE: WOMEN’S CLOTHING IN POSTWAR TAIWAN – TAASA Review September 2022
Shih Ying Lin B ecause of its complex history and rapidly changing social, political and economic contexts, Taiwan is a good subject for demonstrating how the evolution of women’s fashions mirrors changes in society (Lin 2013: 1-3).
This article traces the evolution of women’s fashions in postwar era Taiwan. Chiang Soong Mei-ling visiting military dependents on Kinmen Island, 29 July 1950.
Photo: Taiwan Cultural Memory Bank The item of women’s clothing that best represents the social structure of Taiwan in the early postwar period was the qipao (cheongsam)...