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Orient Excess - New 'Behind The Seams' article launched

From precious Chinese silks of the Renaissance to the orient excess of Mary Katrantzou's Autumn/Winter 2011 Xing Dynasty-print dresses, Richard Nicoll's post-modern Poiret and Sarah Burton's shattered porcelain bodices at Alexander McQueen, the Far East has held indefinable exotic appeal for fashion designers. Today however, China is more than just a source of inspiration - it has become the latest financial promised land for high fashion. In the second of our Behind The Seams articles SHOWstudio fashion director Alexander Fury examines the tradition of luxury informing China's reemergence into the terribly capitalist world of high fashion.