Sinology Sunday: Sam Sanzetti’s Shanghai


Scenes of Shanghai from 1922 – 1955 shot from Sam Sanzetti’s Shanghai Studio.

Like the people of the time, Shanghai’s fashion was caught between past and future,  the East and the West.  With a large foreign population, including a Japanese military occupation, a booming European and American business industy, and a Jewish refugee ghetto, Shanghai was the height of fashion in China at the time.  Here was a city where people might dress in hanfu or qipao, a petticoat or  a flapper dress.  

More photos below the cut and here, here, and here.
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