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Elegance of haipai culture on display

An exhibition of film, Cheongsams and vinyl records opened in Xuhui District yesterday as part of the 2020 Shanghai Tourism Festival.

It offers a glimpse of the elegance and charm of haipai (Shanghai-style) culture.

The exhibition in the Xujiahui area comprises four sections, displaying exquisite Cheongsams, and inviting visitors to hear vinyl records, and experience interactive installations related to films.

Seven Cheongsams of the same types worn in films such as “Goddess” (1934), “Spring River Flows East” (1947) and “In the Mood for Love” (2000) by film stars like Ruan Lingyu, the most celebrated actress of Chinese cinema in the 1930s, and Hong Kong actress Maggie Cheung are on display.

The dialogue of classic and fashion, old and new enables people to savor the glamor of haipai culture and classic Cheongsams, the exhibition’s organizer said. The Cheongsams are from the collection of the Shanghai Film Museum.

“The exhibition pays tribute to female film celebrities, some from a bygone era, and China’s film industry,” said Wang Tengfei, exhibition design director of the museum.

“The one worn by Ruan in Goddess is long and has high collars, Cheongsams at that time had the same features. They reveal the personalities of characters in films and the change of time.”

Also on display are 10 vinyl records, three old-fashioned gramophones, the century-old “The Young Companion” magazine, and a Phenakistoscope invented in 1832 which was used to screen pictures in sequences.

The free exhibition will run through October 20 at Yi Space, a public cultural space, on the fifth floor inside Metro City.


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