The heroine of the introduction to my book Afrochic: Anna May Wong.
Throughout summer it has been difficult to ignore the prolific Chinoiserie trend in stores and magazines, kick-started by the opulent Louis Vuitton show and merged effortlessly into autumn by Paul Smith. Cheongsam collars and qipao slits aside, this new-found interest in the East could have something to do with China’s growing appetite for high-end goods, which despite recent set backs, has left Western luxury brands competing for a share of this very sizeable market. The obsession with the ‘Orient’ has also seen a proliferation of Asian models on catwalks and throughout editorial spreads which has courted controversy for some publications and raises all manner of questions regarding ethnicity and standards of beauty. It was whilst researching my own interpretation of this trend that I started thinking about the first Chinese American movie star, Anna May Wong.
Anna May Wong was third generation ABC (American…
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