Shanghai 1929 | Roaring 20s Fashion in China – AI Enhanced [ 60 fps 4k]
Time travel back to 1920s Shanghai for a fashion and hairstyle show.
Presented purportedly by a niece of Alfred Sao-Ku Sze, China’s first ambassador to the United States.
We hope to properly identify this amazing multilingual woman in time. Her extended family is an interesting read. ( see below). She also bears a strong resemblance to Madam Sze, ( Yu-hua “Alice” Tong) the wife of Alfred and mother of Yuen Tsung Sze ( Mai Mai Sze).
The stunning woman to Miss Sze’s right (in gold) we think is Pauline Hsiao ( Xiao Baolian ). She was married to famous art deco architect Robert Fan Wenzhao.
Miss Sze talks in English about how both the western bobbed hair and more traditional bobs are worn by Chinese women. Models Mrs Kum and Mrs Fan speak in Chinese (possibly Mandarin and Cantonese, with Miss Sze providing translation. She also points out in the latter sequence, the prevalence in China for a high collar, even in western style dresses.
You will note that Miss Sze’s silhouette has a flattened bust which was very much in vogue during the roaring twenties. By 1929 in the USA and Europe, the gamine flapper look had fallen out of vogue for more womanly curves.
Look out for the blooper / out-takes reel at the end!
Published by GlamourDaze with the kind permission of the University of South Carolina.
AI restoration by GlamourDaze.
Chinese fashion show–outtakes
Fox Movietone News Story 2-249
Chinese hair styles–outtakes
Fox Movietone News Story 2-248
AI Restoration Process
1. Cleaned noise artifacts
2. Increased frame interpolation from 24 fps to 98 fps using Dain App.
3. Increased resolution from 540px to 4000px
4. Used Neural Network Face Enhancement
5. Applied color using Deoldify ( Jason Antic) and Deep Exemplar-based Video-Colorization
6. Restored original 1929 sound recording and added new ambiance.
For more on Deep Exemplar-based Color
A shout out to @DGSpitzer for an earlier restoration of these out takes, as well as some amazing restorations of other archive films from China.