Chinese Qipao, as known as cheongsam in Cantonese, is a one-piece traditional dress that has its origins in Manzu ruled China back in the 17th century. The style of original qipao was wide and baggy during the Manzu rule. And then the style of the qipao has improved over the hundreds of years, but it still keep its feature of a high neck and straight skirt. Nowadays, women do not wear a qipao as everyday attire. It is worn today during formal occasions like weddings, parties, and beauty pageants. The Qipao is also used as a uniform at restaurants and hotels in Asia. But, elements of traditional qipaos, like intense colors and embroidery, are now incorporated into everyday wear by design houses like Shanghai Tang.
Qipao can be made of many different materials, but the classic ones are typically made of silk fabric decorated with embroidery on top. For example, in a wedding, brides will select pattern of a phoenix and/or dragon for their wedding cheongsam. Because in Chinese culture, the embroidery pattern symbolizes good luck and a harmonious marriage.
Here we found several good ideas for Chinese Qipao, and we hope it could bring you some inspirations.