In the 1920’s, the spirit of the times shifted from quiet conservatism to lively rebellion. The world became consumed by exotic travels and cultural exploration. Electrified by this new world frenzy, influential Parisian clothiers were soon influenced by Asian culture after traveling to China to stage art expositions. European designers integrated Eastern motifs into their work and exported this exoticism further West to satiate the hungry American market. However, stewards of the Art Deco movement looking in the opposite direction would find a rather distinct flavour of it in Shanghai, where a different balance of East-meets-West took shape.