On Dec. 12, the third school-funded Clothes Festival for local and International students was held by the School of International Chinese Studies. Along with students and faculty of ECNU, the ambassador of Belarus Iosko Maksim with his wife and the deputy chief of mission Shelemekh Roman attended the event.
Students from all over the world put on their traditional clothes.
At the Clothes Festival, students of countries from all over the world displayed their knowledge and passion for traditional clothing and folk cultures. Of the ECNU student body, including those of European and Asian descent, the ethnic traditions and modern technological innovations showed in the event led to a deeper understanding between the combination and contrary aspects of world cultures such as Ukraine, South Korea, Thailand, Belarus, Japan, Bangladesh, Russia, Kyrgyzstan and China.
This festival featured a series of catwalk performances that brought out a unique stage show introducing the different lifestyles of peoples with their distinct cultural characteristics. The audience enjoyed each of the romantic love stories, joyful wedding ceremonies and special holiday customs during the event.
The South Korean students opened up the show with outstanding traditional music and K-Pop tunes; the interwoven musical styles sought to present the growing years of the protagonist on stage in a humorous way. It was indeed a job well-done to bring the audience to life at the onset of the show.
Students from Korea.
Then, following the opening act of dance and K-pop, several students of different countries performed their renditions as followed: Ukrainian dance performancesthat reserved the features of ancient tribal dance and ritual, Thai students’ performance of the “Coconut Shell Dance” that narrated the story of agriculture peoples in the northeast areas of Thailand, the traditional customs of the Belorussian Kupala Festival were presented on stage by students from Belarus, and Japanese students put together a form of traditional and modern dance styles in one showthat particularly engaged the audience’s enthusiasm.
Students from Thiland.
Students from Belarus.
Students from Japan.
In the later events of the festival, the ECNU Han Chinese Clothing Club demonstrated the evolution of dress culture. Starting from its origin in the Han Dynasty making its way all the way through to its peak in the Song Dynasty. By viewing a brief trajectory through dynastic China, the audience was able to get a comprehensive presentation on the beauty of Han Chinese clothing and culture.
Students from China.
In addition, students from Bangladesh, Russia and Kyrgyzstan moved the audiences with their cultural rituals and artistic performances, which, representing the beauty of their respective countries' tradition and heritage, was very nostalgic for their fellow kinsmen in the audience.
Students from Bangladesh.
Students from Russia.
Students from Kyrgyzstan.
Activities like taking photos got the crowd involved, with specially designed plastic models and mascots that engaged the various peoples at the show. Along with close-up observation techniques, everyone was allowed to directly experience the uniqueness of such multidimensional aspects in clothes and cultures.
After discussions by the judges and releasing votes from the audience, all of the teams representing each country were awarded by “Most Popular Teams”.
In the end, team Ukraine won “Most Creative team, team Belarus won “Most Elegant Team”, team Thailand won “Best Screenplay”, China won “Best Clothes”, Japan won “Excellent Team”, and Bangladesh, Russia, Kyrgyzstan combined for the “Good Team” award.
Translated by Linlan Zhang Proofread by Joshua Mayfield Reviewed by Wenjun Guo