Modes China: Clothing Industry

Erik Bernhardsson spent two and half years working, travelling and meeting people in China: through his essays and interviews, he offers a unique look into the realities of clothes-making in China today.

The volume includes interviews with Zhang Da, designer of Shang Xia, a Chinese heritage label established under the umbrella of French Hermès, up and coming designer Dooling Jiang of Digest Design, artist Alessandro Rolandi of Social Sensibilities R&D, photographer Ren Hang and students of the Central Academy of Fine Arts of Beijing.

Modes China also features a report on Shenzhen-based label ffiXXed and its original mode of production, and a visual essay on China’s rising clothing industry, including a surreal visit to new textile city Eastern Milan.

This volume  contributes to the ongoing discussion on China, the practices of the clothing industry in general, and sustainability in particular, and offeres a few ideas to better understand China -and its clothing industry- in a larger context.

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