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"I've always surrounded my work with red -- it stops everybody's eye. It has such a strong positive feeling. It looks good with every color. When I painted the walls in the shop red, everyone told me it would clash with the clothes and overpower them. But the red actually makes the designs look much richer and gives them more power."
Vivienne Tam in China Chic
For me, Tam's book is an eloquent little primer on core elements of Chinese style -- the cheongsam, double happiness, Ming dynasty, Qing dynasty, Mao mania, Kuanyin, courtyards -- all told from Tam's perspective as a highly creative Chinese-born, Hong Kong-raised, Western fashion designer. Tam is especially insightful about the intersection of East and West, even covering chinoiserie and europeanoiserie.
I regret not buying the first edition bound in glossy red, but as I mentioned earlier, the pint-size volume is incredibly lavish and economical. "Crossover appeal" is a phrase used often, however I think here it really fits. Readers interested in art, interior design and travel will be fascinated -- although it may most interest students of fashion.
All images from China Chic, published by Collins Design.