Ready for My Close Up: Anna May Wong

The heroine of the introduction to my book Afrochic: Anna May Wong.

Amber Butchart: Fashion Historian

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.

Louis Vuitton S/S 2011

Anna May Wong was third generation ABC (American…

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Author: Camara Dia Holloway

I am an art historian specializing in early twentieth century American art with particular focus on the history of photography, race and representation, and transatlantic modernist networks. I earned my PhD at Yale University in the History of Art Department. Besides my leadership role as the Founding Co-Director of the Association for Critical Race Art History (ACRAH), I am recognized for my expertise on African American Art, particularly African American Photography, and as a seasoned consultant for exhibitions, museum collections, and symposia/lectures planning.

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