The Qipao, the traditional Chinese dress, has been worn by women since the early 17th century. Chuchu Xu, ISV Country Ambassador representing China at Kent State University shares more about this beautiful, traditional dress.
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In the early 17th century in China, based on Manchu clothing, which was once exclusively worn by Manchu people. An early version of Qipao, a collarless tube-shaped gown, was well developed and became popular among the royal palace of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).
In the 1920s in East China, re-styled in accordance to a woman’s body lines, Qipao was then changed to a more fitting and revealing gown with a high collar.
“Qipao is like a wonderful blossom in China’s bright-colored fashion scene.” The beauty of Qipao stands out from other modern clothing.
“Stunning is one of its features from the collar, loop, chest, waist and hips to the lower hem. Not only does it lay stress on the natural beauty of a female figure, but also makes women’s legs appear more slender.” From the small details, such as the buttons, the collars, the lace patterns, everything has to be perfect and matches each other.
[typography font=”Lobster” size=”18″ size_format=”px”]“Qipao characterize Chinese women’s modesty, softness, and beauty. Like Chinese women’s personality.”[/typography]
“It’s undeniable that Shanghai in the 1920s and 30s, dubbed by the Chinese as the ‘Old Shanghai’, epitomized the most glamorous and most stylish of China in the last century, on par with Paris.”
Despite the rich art deco architectures and designs from the Western influences and Chinese sensitivities, nothing embodied the Old Shanghai’s unique charm more than Qipao. At that time, Shanghai women like to wear Qipao in their daily life. It doesn’t matter where you go, what you do, whether you are a student, housewife, artist, or lawyer, you walk down the street with your Shanghai style.
In 1930s Shanghai, people began to wear a western overcoat, jacket or sweater over a Qipao due to the influence from the French. During that time, more western design elements were added as such as, a turndown collar, v-neck, ruffle collar, and sleeves. With the introduction of bust darts, waist darts and inset sleeves, Qipao further fitted the lady’s body shape.
Having a gorgeous and perfect fitted Qipao from a good tailor is a must for Shanghai women, but nowadays, they only wear it when they are going to special occasions such as weddings, holidays and business parties.
The Old Shanghai aura remains relevant to our contemporary sensitivity. In today’s Shanghai, it’s easy to find a Qipao that accommodates your needs.
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The Met Gala is an annual fundraising gala (event) for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City. The theme of this year’s Met Gala, also called the Met Ball is, “China, through the looking glass.” -CNN
In the world of global fashion today, nothing can represent the quintessential “Chinese” elements more than the Qipao.
In the West, some people like to wear the Qipao in a more sexual, appealing way with exotic seduction, but in fact, for many Chinese ladies, the Qipao is the best way to pull off a professional look without looking macho and to show their grace in a modest and humble way.
To me, the two winners of the Met Gala 2015 on red-carpet is Bee Shefer and Li Gong.
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ISV Country Ambassador: China at Kent State University