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Cheongsam, and also known as Qipao, is one of the most notable garments originated from China in the early 20th century. Cheongsam is a term used by Cantonese-speaking from southern China, and is more familiar to Westerners. However, Qipao is a Mandarin word commonly used in northern China.

In 1930’s to the 1960s, Cheongsam was regarded as the women’s standard dress in Hong Kong. It is still so popular at present time as the preferred dress for some girl’s school, professional women, Chinese wedding dressing, and even for the beauty queen.

A few decades of the 20th century, China was under the influence of western culture and ideas. Western intellectuals was promoting liberal attitude, human equality, and freedom. Women had started been allowed to receive full education, to have free thinking, and to choose a career and own marriage. With the changing of attitude and living philosophy, it came the changing of fashions in dress as well. While remaining the traditional popular over-sized, loose-fitting garments that concealed their figures, women started to follow western fashion popular culture and started to wear upper garments, skirts and trousers that were shortened and narrowed.

The blending of the Chinese and western cultures has nourished a taste of evolving modernity in fashions. The philosophy of fashion tried to reveal the human form and reflect personality. The Cheongsam had become the standard dress for Chinese women since then. It enjoyed enormous popularity in China’s main cities and the local communities.

The earliest style of Cheongsam was tailor made loosely fitted and ankle length. Over time, hem lines rose to mid-calf or knee length. Sleeves varied, from long to medium length to small capped sleeves, or a western style pleated decorative sleeve might be added. Some were sleeveless. The stand-up collars were sometimes tailored stiffened and could go as high as to the ears. The Cheongsam had also become increasingly custom-made tight-fitting and side slits rose higher.

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The materials used for making Cheongsam varied from silk, brocade, velvet and lace in earlier years to synthetic fabrics in later years. Brocade, wool, cotton-padded or fur-lined Cheongsam were worn on cooler days, while cotton, satin, lace and other lighter materials were favoured in the summer. The bespoke tailor will also use fabrics designs and embroidery patterns showed traditional motifs, such as flowers, animal, insect motifs, and auspicious symbols, such as pomegranates and the Chinese character shou, signifying fertility and longevity respectively.

The Cheongsam garment has become the representational dress of Chinese culture. It highlights femininity and features the beauty of the women’s body shape. The design can be tailored to suit all stages of a Chinese woman’s life. For instance, elaborately tailor made decorated ankle-length Cheongsam is giving young women as air of elegance and culture. And, loose fitting and plain Cheongsam can be worn by school children, while the sophisticated women can make the most of close-fitting, high slide slits, or even see-through Cheongsam.

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