CHINESE documentaries

Cheongsam: Lost & Found

Qipao, literally "Manchu robe", is generally referred to as cheongsam in Hong Kong, meaning long dress. Cheongsam was once everyday fashion for Hong Kong women, whether they were celebrities, housewives, or working women. As large numbers of tailors from Shanghai resettled in Hong Kong in the late 1940s, the cheongsam also grew in popularity throughout the 1950s and 1960s. To this day, cheongsam is still a popular choice of formal attire and a source of inspiration for fashion designers, comics artists, cultural researchers, and filmmakers alike.



The First Monday in May is a 2016 documentary film directed by Andrew Rossi. The film follows the creation of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's 2015 art exhibition China: Through the Looking Glass by curator Andrew Bolton.


Yellow is Forbidden

Recognition from Paris’s Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture is considered the apex of the fashion industry, and Chinese designer Guo Pei is determined to reach it. With a remarkable eye for detail and exquisite blending of visual art forms, veteran documentarian Pietra Brettkelly captures Guo’s drive, artistry, meticulousness, and acumen, from the designer’s emergence on the international scene.


CHINESE videos


Yohji Yamamoto, Dressmaker

Known for his avant-garde methods, Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto has been one of the most influential and enigmatic fashion designers of the past four decades.


KOREAN documentaries

Nora noh: Rise of the mini skirts

Nora Noh is the first fashion designer in South Korea. Her lifetime has coincided with sweeping westernization of South Korean culture and the emancipation of the country’s women. Noh has also garnered international acclaim, and her elegant creations have graced the covers of Harper's Bazaar and Vogue. Fluidly edited pieces of archive footage from South Korea of the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s are intercut with interviews with former customers, film stars and fashion experts talking about what Noh’s clothing meant to them.