Girl's traditional Chinese dresses are called QiPaos or qi pao and is the traditional Chinese clothing. It was started to be worn during the Ching Dynasty (1644-1911 AD), which was established by the Manchu people who were from Northern China. It is now worn for formal occasions such as weddings, engagements, and on the Chinese New Year. The Ching Dynasty in also spelled Qing Dynasty. Traditionally elements include brocaded cloth, frog knots, and mandarin collars. Cheongsam is the Cantonese word, that is often used in English for QiPao. After the communist took over, wearing of the QiPao in China was seen as capitalistic during Mao's era.
the years the qipao dress had evolved from a single long wide fitting
dress to its body hugging fit today. In its original form, the qipao was
more of a functional piece of clothing and did protect the modesty of
the wearer. Depending on the social class of the individual, they were
often decorated with beautiful embroidery. This type of chinese dress is
typical of 17th Century and 18th Century China. Over the years, as the
qipao evolved, it became more stylized and in the 1920s it was
modernized to become more fitted to the wearer. With the more flattering
and sexier look, the qipao was increasingly worn by high-class
courtesans and celebrities, this popularized this style of oriental
dress. As the style of the dress evolved, it started to become known
more as cheongsam (or long dress).
Now China fashion has been the
top of the world fashion handwagon. When we feel proud of the modern
fashion, at the same time, we will take the classic style into heart
especially for nostalgic person, like me. However, China fashion
everytime creates a flair of simple and quiet charm, elegance and
attraction. Traditional beautiful China costumes are known in the
Mandarin tongue as the qipao dress. Nearly all good Chinese red dresses
are custom made so that they can emphasize every good part and belittle
any problematic part of woman's figure.
Nowadays, more and more Chinese brides choose the Cheongsam Dresses quick link
as their wedding dress which not because Chinese culture influence but
the beauty and elegant designs of Cheongsam show perfectly the brides
figure on their wedding days. Usually, the brides will wear in the red
colour of Cheongsam and embroidered with gold dragon and phoenix symbol
which related with Chinese belief that will bring good luck for the
couples. This similar Cheongsam also will choose for ladies as festival
dress during Chinese New Year. Besides that, any social function party
such as birthday party, wedding party, annual dinner party, full moon
party, festival celebrities' party, ladies can choose this Cheongsam
dress to attend as formal or informal dress.