Ms. Zhao Yidi's Mandarin dress

When Legend Becomes Art – Collectible Mandarin Dresses

It is commonly known that some wealthy people collect art, but did you know Mandarin dresses could be collectors’ items, too? Since the making of Mandarin dresses is quite an art, some people in today’s China do collect exquisite Mandarin dresses once in the possession of past celebrities. One of the Mandarin dress collectors is Ms. Song Luxia (Song is her family name according to the surname-first Chines
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Chinese Cheongsam Dress Exhibition – The Evergreen Classic: Transformation of the Qipao Pt. V

After the Chinese economic reform since 1978, cheongsam dress was given a new lease of life in mainland China. The wives of many previous leaders of China had wore cheongsam dress when visiting abroad. The new-era cheongsam dress remained the designs from the 1930’s – 1940’s of the Republic. Only some basic changes on the length or ornaments. Except for the precious collections of cheongsam dresses of different ages,
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The Chinese Cheongsam: All Is Revealed.

A new color, a different fabric, a button here, a collar there … That’s how fashion designers keep us interested season after season. Every few years they make a bigger change, often one that’s directly related to our bodies and how much of them we show. Skinny jeans that reveal our derrieres have been in style for a while now. So have sleeveless dresses. (Thank you, Michelle Obama.) For a long time waistlines were o
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The History of the Cheongsam

Professor Goh Rong Wei discusses the history of the Cheongsam, a traditional Chinese attire commonly worn during the festive periods. For more bits on Singapore, visit
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Evolution of the Qipao

Cao Juren, a noted scholar, once gave the long and short of the history of the qipao: Long one moment, short the next, then long again. But long or short, why is the Qipao so enduringly fashionable? Old Styles and Old Customs  “Beside my grandfather, was my grandmother wearing a sleeveless qipao of white satin, with a fine flower pattern. It was the 1930s and my grandmother was the daughter of a moderately well
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