24 xiao

I was so excited to find this concept editorial on Asians. We need more of these! Better yet, we need to see one from a Filipino perspective. In the meantime, I’m completely enamored with 24 Xiao by Liang Su. It’s a contemporary interpretation of one of the cornerstones of Chinese folktales, “The 24 Filial Exemplars,” which emphasizes one of the most important cultural values: taking  care of your parents’ needs (which also can be very “Filipino,” come to think of it). The level of sacrifice involved in this is translated into the modern fashionista’s devotion to fashion perfection. 24 Xiao is an attempt to create a bridge between eastern culture and western fashion in the hopes of establishing a new way to view Chinese fashion. 

 

From an aesthetic point of view, I adore the use of muted tones associated with ancient chinese pictures and script with the expressive poses and modern dress of today. Pay attention to the title of each image and see if you can draw parallels between filial piety and one’s devotion to fashion. 

Fighting With Nature

 

Ice Fishing

 

The Masquerade

 

Wolf in Deer Skin

 

Tears of Bamboo

 

Useless Wealth

 

Servitude

 

As She Commands

 

Tomb-Side Tears

 

Stealing Beauty

 

Medicine Perfection

 

The Leap of Faith

 

Fruit Picking

 

The Quest

 

Statue Obsession

 

Bedside Manners

 

Taste for Sickness

 

Money for Life

 

The Ultimate Sacrifice

 

The Mosquito Lure

 

The Attendant

 

Shaking the Heavens

 

Sufficient Parenting

 

Emotional Telepathy

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