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Vivienne Tam's Tour of Shanghai

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Photo: Greg Girard

Canton-born designer Vivienne Tam has been making twice-yearly pilgrimages to Shanghai for more than two decades to find inspiration. "In the early 80's, the country was opening up and people were experimenting with new looks. They wanted to be different," Tam remembers. It was just such experimentation that propelled Tam to create some of her most iconic pieces, like her groundbreaking Mao collection, which featured silk screens by artist Zhang Hongtu. Read the article

Destinations: Shanghai

Inspired by: Style Insiders Guide to London, Shanghai, and New York — by Alex Gorton, Published Sep. 2006

Restaurants (2)

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    Xian Qiang Fang

    In 1918, Wing On was one of four Nanjing Road department stores that helped define Shanghai as the Paris of the Far East. Now it houses Xian Qiang

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    Dongbeiren

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    Art Scene Warehouse

    The space is located in an enclave of art studios and antique shops in a row of converted warehouses.

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    ShanghART

    The shop represents some of China's best-known contemporary artists and was the first gallery in the country to participate in major fairs such as

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    Paramount Party Room

    Throughout its history, the Paramount building has played multiple roles, including traditional ballroom and dance club. Built in 1933, it once hos

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    Wangkai Photography Shop

    This shop still produces hand-painted pictures that resemble the hand-tinted photographs from the Cultural Revolution.

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    Chinese Hand-Printed Blue Nankeen Exhibition Hall

    The exhibition hall displays samples of batik prints dating back to the 1890's.

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    Nan Fang Curio Market

    Part of the sprawling Old City God’s Temple district—also home to the Yuyuan Bazaar—Nan Fang Curio Market is a collection of stalls selling vintage

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    Chinese Classics Bookstore

    The store carries a surprising breadth of products: from reproductions of communist-era comic books to artist's backpacks.

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    Laiyin Art Garden

    The shop stocks a wonderful collection of Shanghai Deco lampshades and accents.

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    Guo Chunxiang Family Collection

    The shop's memorabilia merchandise includes retro vinyl Chairman Mao and Lin Biao buttons.

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    Lao Shanghai

    An up-and-coming gallery and boutique run by three young artists who trained at Qinghua University's Art Academy.

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