A post that shows a Shenzhen school uniform on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London has been turning heads on Chinese social media.
It was later confirmed that the school uniform will be permanently stored by V&A and will be displayed in an exhibition called “All of This Belongs to You” until July 19.
本次展览名为“All of This Belongs to You”，展期至7月19日，展览结束后，深圳中学校服将被伦敦V&A博物馆永久收藏。
The iconic school uniform was one of V&A’s exhibition entries back in 2013. As one of the exhibitors of the 2013 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture, V&A sent its staff to visit Shenzhen two years ago and invited local residents to choose an object that was important to modern-day Shenzhen.
A student from Shenzhen named Feby Ting nominated the Shenzhen school uniform as the most representative object.
First issued in 1999, the school uniform has gained popularity among students for its comfort and practicality.
“The comfortable and practical school uniform allows us to recognize other former Shenzhen students when living in other cities,” said Ting.
“Even though I graduated from high school many years ago, I still wear my uniform sometimes when I do sports. I wear the pants as pajamas,” said Yang Huanshan, a 25-year-old who studied in Shenzhen throughout her school years.
“It has become a civic identity, even an icon in animation and toys, in this rapidly industrialized city,” said Xie Qiongzhi, the curator who was in charge of the exhibition in 2013.
“It’s like a symbol. When you see someone wearing the school uniform and walking on the street in Australia, the United Kingdom, America or elsewhere in the world, you feel acquainted with that person immediately,” said a Shenzhen graduate surnamed Hong who is now studying architecture for his master’s degree in the United States.
More recently, the Shenzhen school uniform has entered popular cultural consciousness: manga stories have featured it and themed events, like Shenzhen School Uniform Day, celebrate its significance.