The World: Style for the People

Ever since the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution of 1966-69, China's Communist Party zealots have discouraged any variety in clothing as a sign of unproletarian vanity. The In look was gray or blue coats and trousers for both men and women, and hair was cropped short.

Now styles are changing. Women and girls have begun to wear bright blouses again, and Western visitors have even seen them in tartan patterns in Shanghai. Peking has also given official approval to greater variety in food, hair styles, literature and art.

The new policy was formally announced first in People's Daily and then followed up with a...

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