China Clothing: Cheongsam (Qipao, Chinese Dress)
Qipao (cheongsam), chi-pao, Chinese dress is a close-fitting woman's dress with high neck and slit skirt or a sheath with a slit skirt, originating from female traditional clothes for Man Minority, improving in the first half of 20st century. Cheongsam once is one of national formal attires by Republic of China Government in 1929, not belong to the system of Han clothes.
Cheongsam improves based on traditional clothes for Man Minority and western cultures in the first half of 20st century. It is popular from the end of 1920s to the end of 1940s, changing in different styles such as height of collars, length of sleeves and length of vent lines, getting rid of the limitations of old patterns. Golden time for cheongsam starts from 1930s to 1940s, the most glorious period for the Chinese women’s dress, it features with slim and long line, in accordance with the European popular style. At the end of the thirties, the improved Chinese dress even close to the western in method of cutting and structure, more fitting with chest dart and waist dart.
Cheongsam in Chinese Movies
"In the Mood for Love"
The Beauty Remains
The Purple Butterfly