Qipao, classic Chinese dress, becomes more and more popular for formal dress or in daily dress and becomes first choice in girls’ wedding. Have you ever wondered how the cheongsam was created or why qipao is red?
1. Legend of Chinese dress Qipao / Cheongsam
Long ago, a young fisherwoman often felt hindered by her long and loose fitting dress when fishing. Thus, she got down to sewing and produced a long multi-looped-button gown with slits, and she couch tuck in the front piece of her dress, making her job much easier. Later, the young emperor who ruled China at that time married her. She became the queen, bringing her Cheongsam with her.
2. The impact of the West
Traditional gown was made with silk and was fastened on the right side, using dark colored or pearl toggles to hold it all in place. But, after1911, the west has changed qipao. More modern versions were much more figure hugging to meet those who want to wear traditional clothing but with a touch of modernity.
3. A symbol of resistance
During the Communist regime in the 1950s, rulers wanted to restrict clothing for everyone to ensure uniformity. However, women in Hong Kong still continued to wear qipao. They not only fight for their right to wear whatever they like but also protest against other deeds done during this time.
4. Two main styles
- Shanghai’s qipao added a lot of advanced Western international elements such as turnaround collar and V-neck.
- Beijing’s qipao style is influenced by Ming and Qing Dynasty, and uses liberal amounts of the colors red and green.
5. Red color
Fire worship, a cultural phenomenon has great influence on Chinese cultural heritage, development and innovation. And, in China, red symbolizes good fortune and joy. Fire not only kept our ancestors warm and helped them prepare their meals, but also helped ward off evil spirits.
6. Special occasions
In the 1940s, qipao went out of style. However, now, more and more girls like wearing qipao in special occasions, like weddings.
7. Many options
Now, brides have many ways of obtaining their qipao. The dress can be custom-made. Or, you can purchase a suitable one on Internet.
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