From its models on the runways to a thriving art scene, China is having a very fashionable moment. We explore why it’s the country on everyone’s radar
Business has long been booming in China and now its cultural scene is exploding internationally, too. From artists landing European exhibitions and Chinese actresses hitting the red carpet to the Eastern influences evident in countless Cruise and SS13 collections, China is proving an inspiration to the creative world. Here's our lowdown:
THE global Fashionistas
Liu Wen International supermodel Wen is a regular on the Chanel, Burberry and Yves Saint Laurent runways, and is the first Asian face of Estée Lauder.
Lucia Liu The groundbreaking
work of the Harper's Bazaar China style director is considered as art as much as it is fashion.
Fei Fei Sun The actress and model was hand-picked by Karl Lagerfeld in 2009 to appear on the Chanel Paris-Shanghai Cruise collection runway.
The Art heavyweights
Zhang Xiaogang One of China's hottest exports and also one of its most expensive – his painting “Forever Lasting Love” sold at Sotheby's Hong Kong for $10m in 2011, an auction record for Chinese contemporary art. Zhang is best known forfei fei sunemilio pucci ss13etro ss13credits
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