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Jacquelyn O'Reilly

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China has had a tumultuous history of struggling to solidify its position as a world power in the eyes of the West. However, over the course of history they have gone from being exploited by western powers to dominating the global economy and having one of the loudest voices on international issues. 

The economic journey that China has gone on through its modern history has mimicked that of its role in the fashion industry. At the beginning of the 19th century, China was seen as a place to get inexpensive fabric, and was mocked in european fashions. However, following the second world war, the world began to see China as a global power. As such, China began to take charge of the economy with its growing influence on the textile industry. The country soon transitioned from merely the role of producer to now being one of the dominant perpetrators of conspicuous consumption. Furthermore, the nation is beginning to be recognized for its emerging designers who are making a name for themselves in the fashion worldand may soon be as famous as brands such as Chanel, Dior, and Louis Vuitton. 


在十九世纪初,人们可以从中国买到便宜的布料,和欧洲人民开玩笑中国人民的风格。然而,第二次世界大战之后,世界开始将中国视为世界大国。因此,中国对服装业的影响力越来越大,开始对经济产生越来越大影响。很快,该国不仅在生产产品,而且现在是贵商品的最大买者之一。此外,该国开始以在时装界成名的新设计师而有名。 这些设计师可能很快就会像香奈儿(Chanel),迪奥(Dior)和路易威登(Louis Vuitton)一样有名。