When you mention Chinese style clothing in Beijing, many people, including many foreigners, think of Yan Bingbing, a young and elegant woman fashion designer.
Graduated from the China Arts and Crafts Institute. Yan opened her first fashion store near the Canadian Embassy. At the time, it was the only store specializing in Chinese style clothing in the area. At the first party she went to with foreigners, she wore a self-designed evening dress, which attracted a lot of attention, including that of the Austrian Ambassador. This party provided her with the first group of foreign customers.
Since then, Bingbing has designed a lot of Chinese style clothes for ladies working in embassies. When Zhang Yimouís opera Turandot was performing in Tai Miao, a former Italian Ambassadorís wife sat in the VIP area and her exquisite evening dress designed by Bingbing was admired by all. The dress styles are different from other brands in which they combine western fashion and traditional Chinese patterns in a creative way. Bingbing herself is not only a successful fashion designer of elegant dresses, more importantly, she is an elegant woman.
(21dnn.com March 11, 2001)