Since China has met the Western world, the Chinese brides were fascinated by the Western weddings with the white dress and possibly with a train, even if the white colour clashes irremediably with their culture: white is indeed the colour for the Chinese funerals (would you imagine a Western bride wearing black?)
The Chinese brides dealt successfully with this issue through a creative cultural contamination: they will wear three wedding dresses. In the morning, the traditional flowery red quipao, at lunch the Western white dress possibly with the train, in the evening the third dress, long and Western style but finally red! To the Western eye this red wedding dress produces an amusing effect of cultural displacement that comes from an unespected cultural contamination.
Marta Tibaldi, copyright 2015
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