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Street style in China: Students snap photos of stylish peers

Street fashion photography isn’t just for the sidewalks of Paris, New York, Milan or Tokyo. That may be where the biggest street style bloggers, like , got their start. But the trend is now catching on outside of traditional fashion capitals – for example in Wuhan, China.

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Street fashion photography isn’t just for the sidewalks of Paris, New York, Milan or Tokyo. That may be where the biggest street style bloggers, like The Sartorialist, got their start. But the trend is now catching on outside of traditional fashion capitals – for example in Wuhan, China.

Fashion students at Wuhan Textile University have launched a club to photograph the campus’s most stylish students, and post the photos on the popular social blogging platform Weibo. We spoke to one of the organisers.

Huang Chenchao is a student at Wuhan Textile University.

I was first inspired by the photos on Schoolook [another group of student style photographers, which started last year]. My friends and I decided we should start a similar project at our university, since our students are famous for their fashion sense.

We usually go out once a week, during lunchtime and at dusk, when the light is nice. We observe students walking by, and if we notice someone who is stylish, we ask for their permission to photograph them. We look for outfits that are not only fashionable and tidy, but that also show the person’s character. We’re not interested in whether their clothes are expensive or not.