The late Qing Dynasty
After the Opium War, the European-style suits entered China first. The wide and loose body had gradually become short and narrow. In 1919, the Ordinance about garments was announced by the National Government and cheongsam was established to be the national garments.
In the early Republic of China, the cheongsam began to be popular again. The body became shortened. The waist was narrowed. Later there was a new change that style of collar was highlighted to be fashionable to show feminine appearance.
From the 1930s to 1940s
1930s and 1940s saw the cheongsam in its peak fashion. Affected by the styles of the Europe, a step forward was made in exposing the female figure. The cheongsam in 1930s was shortened with the length to the knees, and the cuffs were also narrowed.
From the 1950s to 1960s
In the East Asia, the founding of the People’s Republic of China marks the end of the old life. The cheongsam, which has been cherished by people for a long time was not practical and was set aside. But in 1950s and 1960s, cheongsams began to show up again in the people’s lives.
From 1966 to 1976
Cultural Revolution, disaster
In modern times
Popular again now.