Magazines like Harper's Bazaar China and Vogue Korea have produced fanta-bulous editorials featuring couture gowns inspired by oriental culture:
Taking pride in beautiful embroidery in Harper's Bazaar China September 2008: Olympic Glory
Showcasing the orient in Vogue Korea September 2007: Madame Butterfly
Even the West has taken interest in the China's rich culture, creating ethnic-inspired spreads.
Fierce warriors at the battlefront during the Yuan Dynasty in Vogue Italia November 2007: Wild Warriors
Lion Dancing in Numero 90: La fille du Dragon
Source: the fashion spot, modelcouture
So who says high fashion is exclusive of tradition? In my opinion, tradition is a source of inspiration for fashion - and we ought to be proud of this.
I'm really looking forward to Chinese New Year! We have this really cute cheongsam-inspired top which we have been wearing for nearly two Chinese New Years. (A classmate of mine from China told me it's actually a Tang Dynasty costume's print!) CNY's all about reunion, ang pows (red packets with $), yummy goodies and wearing red clothes (to represent prosperity). It's really comforting to see that tradition is still keeping up with modern times. Well, tradition can be put to great use in fashion as well.