The Fashion from Shanghai – Chinese Qipao

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Qipao is also called as cheongsam are they are 1-piece Chinese dresses and is originated in Manchu in 17th century when they ruled China. The Qipao style has evolved many decades ago, but is still worn till today. If you want to know more about Chinese fashion read on to know more.

The traditional dress worn by Manchu women is known as Qipao, which means banner gown. Qipao now is now modernized and has become popular among the upper class and celebrities. The Shanghainese took Qipao to Hong Kong where it was popular in 1950s. Earlier, working women wore Qipao with a jacket.

Earlier Qipao was like a wide and baggy. The Chinese dress was a straight skirt and a high neck. It covered the entire woman’s body except her hands, head and toes. It was made of silk with complicated embroidery.

The Qipao that is worn today by woman are modified than the earlier ones. The modern Qipao is a one-piece, high slit (on both or one side), form-fitting dress. Modern changes in the dress comprise of bell sleeves, sleeveless which are made of different fabrics.

Today, Qipao is not worn on a daily basis; rather it is used only on special occasions like parties, weddings and beauty pageants. Qipao is also worn as a uniform in hotels, restaurant and on airplanes. You can buy Qipao from big boutique stores; can get tailored from clothing markets or a cost effective one can be found on street stalls as well. You can also buy Qipao from online stores.

Making of Qipao is not an easy task as it involves artwork. The entire process of its making starts only after the master visits a client. He takes the right measurements, selects the material and makes a decision on the relevant design depending on the taste of the woman who is going to wear it.

Most of the clients are attracted to hand-made Qipao dresses. Most of the Qipao tailors have learnt the art of making Qipao from their father or ancestors. It gives a graceful image to woman who wears them. It appears exotic to the western girls. You can make your next party little different and stand out in the crowd by choosing a perfect Qipao for yourself.

Qipao is the classiest dresses in the world. It is not just about wearing a casual dress but much more than that. It carries history and exoticism. The dress might not fit everyone, but yes that doesn’t mean you need to be a model to wear Qipao. Yes you do need to be slim and in perfect shape. However, if you manage to wear it properly, you will certainly enjoy wearing it. The dress is something that you will never forget and other will notice you.

Qipaos are available in different patterns and colours. You can wear it as a formal dress or a party dress. It can be a short or a long Qipao and each has its own effect.  A long one seems to be sophisticated and is choice for weddings, prom nights or evening receptions.