An illustration by Friedrich Schiff from the book Hong Kong, by Ellen Thorbecke. Photo: Handout
An illustration by Friedrich Schiff from the book Hong Kong, by Ellen Thorbecke. Photo: Handout
Jason Wordie
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Then & Now by Jason Wordie

How Hong Kong tailors made the colour coordinated ‘Matchee-Matchee’ look the city’s signature style

  • From the 1920s to the 70s, Hong Kong’s gold standard for women was “Matchee-Matchee” – an attempt towards stylistic, fabric or colour coordination
  • The name comes from the pidgin English term deployed by dressmakers, ladies’ tailors, cobblers and other sartorial artisans

An illustration by Friedrich Schiff from the book Hong Kong, by Ellen Thorbecke. Photo: Handout
An illustration by Friedrich Schiff from the book Hong Kong, by Ellen Thorbecke. Photo: Handout
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