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Sunday, July 1, 2012

White Cheongsam

White Cheongsam

Traditional Chinese dresses are called Cheongsam or qipao 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.

White cheongsam is considered a symbol of happiness and purity. When we talk about the wedding occasions, some communities consider it the symbol of virginity. White color is understood pious that remains unaffected with the evils present throughout the world. For the fashion conscious communities, white cheongsam dress is decent and regal choice. We can find in white color dress in the wardrobe of every lady or girl.

White cheongsam dress can be used for almost every occasion irrespective of its time, season and period. During last couple of decades, In China, white cheongsam dresses have become popular as a casual home wear and day to day wear also.

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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Red Cheongsam

Red Cheongsam

Do you really want to stand out from the rest at the next chinese formal event? If the answer is yes, then wearing a red cheongsam dress may be the way to accomplish this! The color red symbolizes confidence, energy and a certain amount of sexiness. Wearing a bold color like red requires a combination of attitude, finesse and the perfect accessories.

Be aware of the length and the cut. The biggest mistake that you can make in choosing a red cheongsam dress is in length and cut. If your dress is too short and too tight, you will look sleazy. This is true for any color dress, but it is even more true for a red cheongsam dress. When selecting your dress, choose either short or fitted, but not both. The most important tip to wearing a red cheongsam dress is to enjoy it.. You are bold, you are fierce and it's up to you to show it!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Men's Cheongsam

Men's Cheongsam

Men's Cheongsam, the newly found niche in men's fashion has stirred several questions. Does this means the revival of Chinese men's fashion? History shows that traditional Chinese back then wore Han Chinese clothing or hanfu. Then it became cheongsam or qipao. And as the world of fashion became more interconnected and the East meets West theme came about, fashion evolved much more. This piece of clothing proved to be versatile as it transformed plain-looking clothes into trendy and fashionable wear.

Cheongsam Wedding Dress

Cheongsam Wedding Dress

For a traditional bride who wants an Asian wedding dress it can be a daunting task to find one; you may have to order online and then find a seamstress to finish it to your personal specifications. Here are some interesting facts about the beautiful Asian wedding dresses..

Red is the traditional color of Asian bridal wear, the dresses are made of rich fabrics in bright colors and adorned with ornate embroidery and beading. The dresses are representative of traditional dresses worn by the brides of that culture. The Asian bride usually doesn't wear a veil that covers her face, instead an ornate headpieces is what they most often wear. While each Asian country has their own form of traditional dress and style they do all tend to be ornately detailed and use rich fabrics.

Cheongsam, a Southern Chinese bride, as is custom, wears a bright red dress in China this symbolizes luck. The Cheongsam is a two piece gown. It is embroidered with dragons and a phoenix and typically done for the most part in gold, the edges of the skirt and jacket usually have a gold trim also. The traditional bridal crown has beading and fabric balls on top, it's very ornate is often one of the most expensive pieces of the outfit.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Lace Cheongsam


Lace Cheongsam - Qipao

In 1920's, Cheongsam was underwent the change with the influence of Beijing style and Western style. The modern version which slender, formed fitting with high cut of Cheongsam was first developed at Shanghai. The cuff of the Qipao changed to become narrower and trimmed with lace. Moreover, the length of Cheongsam was shorter and it showed the beauty of female body shape to be fully displayed. The Cheongsam was under the transformed from old Qipao style to suit the modernized style of dress and it continue became more popular among the Chinese women at the whole China.

In the 1930s and 1940s, Cheongsam designed in various styles and with variety of fabrics. The design style of Cheongsam changed to high-necked collar or even no collars, sleeveless design, short or medium sleeve and bell-like sleeves. These new design was changed the original basic Qipao style and was popular become a dress for high level society.

The everlasting of elegant Cheongsam are the main reason that helping the growth of Oriental Cheongsam. The variety and unique designs of Cheongsam turned into vogue now. Many of the Western designers also will include the elements of Cheongsam into their designs. You may search from online boutique to discover the latest designs and different variety design of collar, sleeves, length, slits, colours and materials.

Some of the online fashion store will provide the customized service but of course the price will be must higher with the ready stock online boutique. The most important is you need to find a suitable design of Cheongsam to fit right your body.

Plus Size Cheongsam



Plus Size Cheongsam

Being plus sized is not an excuse not to look your best and stand out in any occasion. A lot of full figured women are always anxious about the idea of dressing up in front of a big crowd, them afraid of being ridiculed by their body shape. Gone were the days when size mattered when it comes to fashion. Nowadays, there have been numerous collections and designer outfits that cater to women who have fuller figures. You need not worry about skipping events for fear of having nothing to wear. You can feel confident knowing that there are a lot of plus size cheongsam dresses that can help you look great in any occasion.

When choosing plus size cheongsam dresses, it is first important to determine exactly what type of event you are about to attend to. Once you are certain about the event that you will be going to, you must now focus on the shape of your body. We already know that you are full-figured, but that does not mean that you do not have a specific body shape. Bear in mind that when choosing the cheongsam dress, you must always go for something that will make you feel both stylish and comfortable. Make sure that regardless of your size, you will feel comfortable in what you wear.

If you feel uneasy about baring your arms, you might want to purchase a shawl to go along with your cheongsam dress. To look even more attractive, experiment with different accessories that will match your plus size cheongsam dress. The perfect accessories can turn any plus size cheongsam dress into an instance masterpiece.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Custom Cheongsam



Custom Cheongsam

The ancient Chinese people had very distinctive social classes. Each of these has specific styles and significance of dressing. Varied symbols are used on the clothing to distinguish between various strata of society. The ancient Chinese like cheongsam clothing has varied greatly throughout different periods of time. Each social or historical period brought about a new style.

The Cheongsam now is worn only at special occasions which are mostly historical reenactment, hobby, coming of rite of passage ceremonies, ceremonial clothing worn by religious priests, or cultural exercise. However, there are attempts on to try and make it a part of more day to day wear or at least during Chinese celebrations and festivals especially in China as well as among the non resident community.

Short Cheongsam





Short Cheongsam

Currently, one of the favorite trends that you may find appealing for your style is the short cheongsam dress. These short cheongsam dresses offered by numerous designers have a fun and flirty appeal to them. Instead of keeping a more formal or dressy style, these cheongsam dresses can be unique and fun. Short cheongsam may or may not be perfect for you, and there are a few things you will want to consider.

Shorter cheongsam dress will show a lot more leg. Some people may be uncomfortable with this. It is more important than anything else to make sure you choose a cheongsam dress with which you are comfortable. Otherwise, you could find your whole evening ruined. Make sure you can dance, sit and just stand just fine in your short cheongsam dress.

This way, you will know you can truly enjoy your day. Short cheongsam dresses are not necessarily for everyone. However, they are available in exciting styles and colors. They have a unique look that you will not find in classic styles. In addition, they are definitely in keeping with the current trends.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Cotton Cheongsam



Cotton Cheongsam

Cotton cheongsam dresses have become wanted by all stylish women of all ages. In the right color, texture and style, with the right accessories, it can transition flawlessly from a day event to an evening with friends. Cotton cheongsam dresses are easy to care for. Most of them are wash and wear, and none are dry clean. Stains can easily be removed at home. Be it at work, for leisure, or for a more formal occasion, the sleeveless cotton cheongsam dress, is today a fine garment to wear. Accessories change a simple cotton cheongsam dress into a fine dress to wear to a special occasion, indoors or outdoors.

Fads and fashions come and go, but the cotton cheongsam dress has achieved recognition as a fine garment to have, not only because it is so easy to wear but also because Cotton Dresses do not have heavy seaming, they just flow without the pulling of heavy seams creating wrinkles, seldom have zippers, or finished in a way that makes them uncomfortable to wear, as a matter of fact, as they increase in popularity, so does their quality and simplicity of style.

Does anyone can wear a cotton cheongsam dress or age matters, of course, it does. Cotton cheongsam dresses are so versatile and so simply elegant in the right quality and the right style that chick women of any age can wear them, anywhere. anytime. Cotton cheongsam make the perfect fabric for all of those lovely cheongsam dresses that we so admire. Cotton carries its own weight when coupled with quality and a sense of style and elegance.

Cheongsam Sewing Pattern



Hong Kong Cheongsam

This classic exotic dress in two lengths is synonymous with Oriental elegance. Simple to sew, it has only two main pattern pieces and an appealing side front opening topped off with a mandarin collar. Pattern includes instructions for custom fitting and authentic embellishment. Pattern is for dress with facings at front opening, hem, and side slits.

Suggested fabrics: Light to medium-weight silk, lightweight brocade and jacquard weaves, satin, rayon or blends.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Blue Cheongsam



Blue Cheongsam

The cheongsam is a traditional dress worn by Chinese women, typified by a high collar, long length (mid calf usually) and button or frog closures near the shoulder. This fitted dress is often made up in shimmering silk, embroidered satin or other fabrics. Best on athletic or slim figures, the cheongsam is an acceptable alternative to the little dress for special occasions.

Blue is a favorite color of most of the women around the world. It has various shades such as sky blue, navy blue, dark blue, sea blue, and many others. All shades have their importance from the different perspectives of fashion. Blue cheongsam dress is a symbol of trend and style. In early times, blue was considered the color of purity, chastity and sacredness; this is why most brides on their weddings worn blue rather than white in the ancient times. It has been a fashion trend to wear blue cheongsam dresses to evening and afternoon parties, for a long time now. Women prefer blue because it is neither too bright like red nor too dark like black.

Every fashionable woman has at least one blue cheongsam dress in her wardrobe. When you are wearing your blue cheongsam, you can carry a small blue clutch purse with a little silver touch to offer uniqueness in your look. A touch of silver is always welcomed with blue!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Cheap Cheongsam



Cheap Cheongsam

Nowadays cheongsam dresses are very exquisite as well as expensive. If you could not afford expensive dresses, you need to find some high quality cheongsam dresses that you can afford. Online stores always offer much cheaper prices than physical stores, so you can find some good dresses at online stores. There are some ways to help you find good cheongsam dresses online, and they will benefit you a lot.

If you don't want to buy dresses in these online stores, you can go to Ebay to find more cheap girls' clothing. As there are thousands of sellers, they have to sell products at lower prices to compete with other sellers. Customers can take advantage of the fierce competition so as to buy cheap products on Ebay. Key in your keywords in the search box at the top of the website, and they it will display a list of sellers who sell cheap cheongsam dresses. Compare different styles and prices, and then you can choose a cheap one with exquisite style and cheap price.

Cheongsam History

The cheongsam, or Qipao in Chinese, is evolved from a kind of ancient clothing of Manchu ethnic minority. In ancient times, it generally referred to long gowns worn by the people of Manchuria, Mongolia and the Eight-Banner.

In the early years of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), long gowns featured collarless, narrow cuff in the shape of a horse's hoof, buttons down the left front, four slits and a fitting waist. Wearers usually coiled up their cuff, and put it down when hunting or battling to cover the back of hand. In winter, the cuff could serve to prevent cold. The gown had four slits, with one on the left, right, front and back, which reached the knees. It was fitted to the body and rather warm. Fastened with a waistband, the long gown could hold solid food and utensils when people went out hunting. Men's long gowns were mostly blue, gray or green; and women's, white.

Another feature of Manchu cheongsam was that people generally wore it plus a waistcoat that was either with buttons down the front, a twisted front, or a front in the shape of lute, etc.

When the early Manchu rulers came to China proper, they moved their capital to Beijing and cheongsam began to spread in the Central Plains. The Qing Dynasty unified China, and unified the nationwide costume as well. At that time, men wore a long gown and a mandarin jacket over the gown, while women wore cheongsam. Although the 1911 Revolution toppled the rule of the Qing (Manchu) Dynasty, the female dress survived the political change and, with succeeding improvements, has become the traditional dress for Chinese women.

Till the 1930s, Manchu people, no matter male or female, all wore loose-fitting and straight-bottomed broad-sleeved long gowns with a wide front. The lower hem of women's cheongsam reached the calves with embroidered flower patterns on it, while that of men's cheongsam reached the ankles and had no decorative patterns.

From the 1930s, cheongsam almost became the uniform for women. Folk women, students, workers and highest-tone women all dressed themselves in cheongsam, which even became a formal suit for occasions of social intercourses or diplomatic activities. Later, cheongsam even spread to foreign countries and became the favorite of foreign females.

After the 1940s, influenced by new fashion home and abroad, Manchu men's cheongsam was phased out, while women's cheongsam became narrow-sleeved and fitted to the waist and had a relatively loose hip part, and its lower hem reached the ankles. Then there emerge various forms of cheongsams we see today that emphasize color decoration and set off the beauty of the female shape.

Why do Han people like to wear the cheongsam? The main reason is that it fits well the female Chinese figure, has simple lines and looks elegant. What's more, it is suitable for wearing in all seasons by old and young.

The cheongsam can either be long or short, unlined or interlined, woolen or made of silk floss. Besides, with different materials, the cheongsam presents different styles. Cheongsams made of silk with patterns of flowerlet, plain lattices or thin lines demonstrate charm of femininity and staidness; those made of brocade are eye-catching and magnificent and suitable for occasions of greeting guests and attending banquets.

When Chinese cheongsams were exhibited for sales in countries like Japan and France, they received warm welcome from local women, who did not hesitate to buy Chinese cheongsams especially those top-notch ones made of black velour interlined with or carved with golden flowers. Cheongsam features strong national flavor and embodies beauty of Chinese traditional costume. It not only represents Chinese female costume but also becomes a symbol of the oriental traditional costume.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Purple Cheongsam



Purple Cheongsam

Cheongsam dresses are made of different materials and to varying lengths, they can be worn either on casual or formal occasions. In either case, it creates an impression of simple and quiet charm, elegance and neatness. No wonder it is so much liked by women not only of China but of foreign countries as well.

On today' s vogue field, there is really a large range of pretty cheongsam dress. Designers continue to hit the fashion industry with fresh & elegant tastes. This summer, the color of purple pops out obviously. Purple always refers to something artistic and noble. It is beyond luxury, yet seems mild. Artists usually don' t apply heavy embellishments on this fresh hue. This summer, purple prom dresses crafted from satin stir up hot tides.

Any attire from satin is always draping or flowing. Designers love to add a transparent piece of organza outside the gown most of the time. Also, satin is universal. Unlike other materials, this fabric fits all formal, casual and eco-friendly occasions.

Cheongsam Costume



Cheongsam Costume

Today the demand of cheongsam cosplay costumes is increasing because of the increased popularity of specific events and parties. Cosplay is an event where anime fans wear diverse types of costumes to look like their favorite anime character. You will come across with several online shops and websites offering superior quality cheongsam costumes.

The costumes available in these websites are designed by some well known professional designers. So, you will get the opportunity to select from a wide range of options online. There are many individuals who like to imitate their favorite super heroes and animation characters.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Mini Cheongsam



Mini Cheongsam

The cheongsam - the traditional Chinese dress most often associated with that culture - can be fitted so that it is a slimming sheath. We often see the skin-tight version in Hollywood depictions. It is not necessary to wear a cheongsam dress like a sausage skin and is not even authentic. Chinese women have lived and worked in this simple, elegant dress for centuries.

Mini cheongsam dresses have always been an alluring and chic clothing item. Found in a variety of styles and colours, mini cheongsam dresses make for ideal clothing especially in the months of summer. Their versatility comes from the ability to be worn either for casual and informal gatherings or more serious business affairs.

Black Cheongsam



Black Cheongsam

Black is the most ceremonial color and is as at home at a ball as at a funeral. Evening dresses can have quite a lot of styles. Eastern styles are usually a little more subtle with higher necklines and less flesh on view. Eastern evening dresses like black cheongsam are becoming more fashionable these days and are a great way to add some spice to your wardrobe. After all, who could resist a black cheongsam with embroidery for instance.

Apart from the fashionable connotation of the color black, a black cheongsam dress is also very popular due to its simple, almost understated elegance. Of course, black cheongsam are available in a wide variety of styles but there's a common thread that joins them together and that is their simple elegance. The design of a black cheongsam is primarily without complexities or unnecessary frills and this is what separates black cheongsam dresses from others.

Since these additions have been done away with, there is a concentration on the primary design which is responsible for the simple elegance associated with black cheongsam dresses.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Cheongsam Online For Sale



Cheongsam Online

Buying a cheongsam dress online is a completely different experience than physically going to a store. One reason is gas money. Going to a local store can eat up tons of gas, increasing your total cost. You might also have to waste a whole evening in several different stores trying to find the perfect cheongsam dress. For some, this might seem like an arduous task, but now that the internet is available, people are jumping at the chance to buy online.

Buying your cheongsam dress online may allow you to take advantage of several unique features of internet retail. Online merchants can provide deep discounts that brick and mortar stores just can't match. They might also offer to guarantee for their prices. They may have a price match guarantee or at least cut you a deal if other prices on the internet are lower. Buying a cheongsam dress from an internet retailer beats going to a neighborhood store any day. Buying your cheongsam dress online can be a great way to make your day special.

Long Cheongsam



Long Cheongsam

Long cheongsam dresses are meant for formal occasions and therefore, they traditionally offer a conservative look. However, the conception of dresses and styles has undergone a considerable change because of new trends and fashion ideas. Consequently, new designs are available in the market. In fact, you now have the opportunity to pick up a dress that suits your personality and body shape without changing the conservative appearance the occasion demands. However, it is very important that you wear a dress after considering the theme of the occasion.

Long cheongsam dresses can be worn in semi formal and even in informal events. The look of the cheongsam dress will have an awesome aura if its bodice is embroidered. Make sure the waist is magnificent. Long cheongsam are also suitable in occasions like birthday parties. Choose the color of the dress very carefully. The color should suit your skin tone and also the occasion of the gathering.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Cheongsam Dresses



Cheongsam Dress

A cheongsam is a form-fitting Chinese dress, also called a Mandarin gown in English and qipao in Mandarin Chinese. The word cheongsam is an Anglicized version of the Cantonese pronunciation of the Shanghainese name for the garment, zanze, literally "long dress." The cheongsam was created in 1920s Shanghai. The dress is traditionally ankle length, with slits on the sides of the skirt, a high collar, and sleeves ending above the elbow. Cheongsams are made in a variety of materials, though perhaps the most traditional is bright, embroidered silk.

The cheongsam dresses invented in Shanghai is a modernized version of the traditional qipao, a garment worn by Chinese women since the 17th century. While the original qipao was wide and loose, the version invented in the 1920s was form-fitting, and cut high on the sides. The dress was first worn by socialites and courtesans, and soon became immensely popular. By the 1950s, cheongsams were also made in materials like wool and twill for women to wear in the workplace. The dress also became briefly popular in the West during the 1960s.

Though the cheongsam dresses is a very attractive garment, it can also be fairly uncomfortable due to its high, stiff collar and its tight shape. Traditionally, the dress is made of a material that does not stretch, such as silk. Consequently, cheongsams are usually only worn for formal occasions today. They are also sometimes used as uniforms, for example by hostesses at Chinese restaurants, flight attendants on Chinese airlines, and students at some Chinese girls' schools.

Today, there are many variations on the cheongsam dresses, including two-piece versions, long-sleeved and sleeveless styles, knee-length or shorter skirts, and stretchy materials. There is also a male version of the cheongsam, called the changsan, literally "long shirt." Like the female variety, the changsan is usually worn for formal occasions today. It also features the high, stiff collar known as a Mandarin collar, and is traditionally ankle-length.

Cheongsam





Cheongsam Dress

Cheongsam is the traditional costume for Chinese women in the ancient time. When it comes to the tradition, we will think of the feudal and conservative ideas, but the cheongsam’s came out that may a way to stand out women’s beauty. And China is a country which has a long history, while the cloth for women would also develop.

Cheongsam becomes a kind of fashion in the world, whether in fashion shows or on the streets, we will find this China character. Especially in the Chinese wedding, the bridal’s dress will include cheongsam. It is showing graciousness, elegant, disposition and temperament of women.

Cheongsam with the modern flavor emerge in the early of 20th century combined with the style of western dress and was regarded as the representation of Chinese traditional clothing. Popular in the 1930s and 1940s, cheongsam has been basically mature. And we know the Chinese dress now actually refer to this period. Cheongsam stems from a kind of long robe worn by both men and women of the north minority nationalities in China. In the past, the collar of the costume was made high and tight-fitting to keep warm. It has incorporated this feature, not just for preventing coldness but for beauty.

The collar generally takes the shape of a semicircle, the right and left sides being symmetrical, flattering the soft and slender neck of a woman. Also, against the woman's lips and chin, it brings out her sex appeal. The front of it is simple and flowing without any decoration, the designers should make the waist girth appear as thin as possible to represent the line of women. Two big openings should be done at either side of the hem for convenient movement and display of the slender legs of women.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Cheongsam Dress



Cheongsam Dress

Nowadays, you can find the Cheongsam at online boutiques. The classic style is tailored with attention to functionality and allows less restrictive comfort due to its modern touch in its design. Now, Chinese women can wear the Cheongsam paired with a cape, scarf or jacket and actually is worn as uniforms for everyday functions. However, in these modern times the Qipao is so versatile that it is also worn to business meetings and even formal gatherings.

Moreover, it is not only the Chinese women who wear the Qipao, even celebrities and other business executives have been wearing the Oriental Cheongsam. Recently, a Hollywood actress wore a colorful, stylish and sleek Qipao while out at a movie. Similarly, there are establishments such as restaurants that require their waitresses to wear a Qipao as a uniform and also the flight attendants for the Chinese Airlines wear the Qipao as their uniform to show their love for the traditional Chinese culture.

The good thing about the Cheongsam is that because it is so fashionable it can is worn by other races as well. If you are interested in having a Chinese dress you are welcome to browse our online fashion store where you can choose the best design and a style that suits your taste and personality. You can also shop at various online boutiques that sell Qipao in many different styles and designs. Due to varying trends in the fashion industry and popular demand, the long length Qipao has been redesigned into a shorter length Cheongsam dress.

There is plethora of choices at online fashion stores. You surely will be overwhelmed by the wide range of choices in terms of colors, designs and styles, take your time browsing to find just the right one that fits your body comfortably. Moreover, the style and designs of the Chinese dress look especially appealing on women with slim body type. On the other hand, if you cannot afford to buy online you can always choose a design and instead have a couturier make you a tailored fit Cheongsam. Thus, the Chinese dress does not discriminate anyone who wants to wear it regardless of culture or race.

Chinese Cheongsam



Chinese Cheongsam

If you are looking for a Chinese Cheongsam, your best bet may be to do some online shopping. The fact of the matter is that it is easier to get many specialty items such as this from a website or online auction site than it is to find them in a traditional clothing retailer. If you are shopping for your Chinese Cheongsam online, there are some things you should keep in mind. For instance, you are going to want to keep a close and careful eye on your shipping costs.

If you opt for an authentic item, made in and send from China, you may get a better bottom line price. However, paying to ship an item from China to the states can be pricy and time consuming, and many people lose more time and money taking this route than they save on a less expensive Chinese Cheongsam.

Another option for shopping online for a Chinese Cheongsam is to hit up American retailers or auctioneers. This can be a bit more expensive as far as individual item cost, but in many cases buyers save a substantial amount of money on shipping. Not to mention time when it comes to waiting for their item to arrive.

Because domestically mailed packages often qualify for flat rate shipping, many shoppers are able to order multiple Chinese Cheongsams and have them delivered in a timely manner for a reasonable flat rate. Sleek and exotic, the Chinese Cheongsam has become a mainstream dress style. A fashion statement in itself, it is fast becoming a dress of choice for many women in the West as well.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Chinese Cheongsam Dress



Chinese Cheongsam Dress

Ancient Chinese clothing for women was the Cheongsam which was a one piece suit consisting of a high neck with a closed collar and short or medium sleeves. The fitted waist and slits on the sides complimented women's figures well. The tunic suit dominated ancient Chinese clothing, known as the 'Zhongshan suit', had a turned down collar and 4 pockets. Animal print embroidery patches were used during the Ming and Qing dynasty. Beautiful in appearance and very intricate, these embroideries also symbolized the ranks of officers who wore them.

Chinese ancient clothing has been setting trends for centuries. Rules of dressing were followed religiously and most dress patterns and designs were influenced by religion.

Cheongsam Pattern







Cheongsam Pattern

There are a lot of excellent pictures of lovely asian women wearing beautiful Cheongsams. What more can you ask for? Ah yes, the text is informative if a bit brief, but this is a multilanguage book after all. Recommended!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Wedding Cheongsam



Wedding Cheongsam

Chinese weddings are rich with traditions, symbolism, and rituals. If you have Chinese heritage or are marrying a person who does, it would be wonderful to incorporate some Chinese wedding customs into your own special day. These are some tips on how to plan a beautiful East meets West wedding.

Unlike in America, white is not the dominant color in Chinese weddings. Red is the lucky color for Chinese brides and grooms, and this is a great place to begin with your East meets West celebration. Chinese brides will traditionally wear gorgeous red silk cheongsams for their weddings. These special long dresses are created from the most beautiful silk brocades, which are often adorned with patterns of flowers, birds, and other symbols.

Many Chinese-American brides will choose to wear the cheongsam during the ceremony, and then change to a classic white wedding gown and bridal jewelry for the reception (or vice versa).

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Cheongsam Qipao



Cheongsam Qipao

A qipao, or Mandarin gown, is a one-piece fitted dress traditionally worn by upper class and wealthy Chinese women. Also referred to as a cheongsam in Southern China, the qipao gives the appearance of a long, flowing shirt dress. Having evolved in design over the centuries, it was once a simple dress that is now a highly stylized ornamental gown worn for dress occasions or as a costume. Originally, the dress was a loose fitting garment, and was intended for the purpose of concealing the wearer's figure.

First worn by nobility, the qipao in its original form had a high, close fitting collar, so that only the head and face of the wearer were visible; the sleeves and length were long as well, so that only the tips of the fingers and toes could be seen. These old style dresses were made of silk and were adorned simply at the collar, sleeves, and the hem with lace or trim.

The modern qipao is quite different from the original, in that it is now a fitted and figure-flattering garment. It has a defined mandarin collar, usually ranging in height from 2 to 3 inches (5.08 to 7.62 cm). The edges of the collar are slightly rounded, and meet at the front of the neck with a slight "V" opening. The higher collar is tight fitting and designed to enhance the neck of the woman wearing it, making her neck appear more slender and long.

While effecting a look of modesty, the nature of the item of today not only enhances the figure but suggestively shows it off. The sleeves of the modern garment range in length, with some having a short, fitted cap-type sleeve, and others reaching all the way to the wrist. The dress often will have high side slits, intended to give a brief but discreet glimpse of a woman's legs as she walks.

Just as in the past, the qipao is never intended to be accessorized; as such, a belt or scarf should not be worn with it. It is meant to be an elegant dress, accessorized in an understated fashion. Most often, the only accessories worn with it are earrings or a bracelet. Today, the Qipao is sometimes worn over a fitted pair of silk or satin pants. While the Qipao has evolved over the centuries in its design, its distinct element of simple elegance, however, has never changed.

Cheongsam Qipaos come in many different colors and patterns. They can be formal or a perfect choice for a colorful party.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Qipao: History Of Traditional Chinese Dress

The cheongsam, or Qipao in Chinese, is evolved from a kind of ancient clothing of Manchu ethnic minority. In ancient times, it generally referred to long gowns worn by the people of Manchuria, Mongolia and the Eight-Banner.

In the early years of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), long gowns featured collarless, narrow cuff in the shape of a horse's hoof, buttons down the left front, four slits and a fitting waist. Wearers usually coiled up their cuff, and put it down when hunting or battling to cover the back of hand. In winter, the cuff could serve to prevent cold. The gown had four slits, with one on the left, right, front and back, which reached the knees. It was fitted to the body and rather warm. Fastened with a waistband, the long gown could hold solid food and utensils when people went out hunting. Men's long gowns were mostly blue, gray or green; and women's, white.

Another feature of Manchu cheongsam was that people generally wore it plus a waistcoat that was either with buttons down the front, a twisted front, or a front in the shape of lute, etc.

When the early Manchu rulers came to China proper, they moved their capital to Beijing and cheongsam began to spread in the Central Plains. The Qing Dynasty unified China, and unified the nationwide costume as well. At that time, men wore a long gown and a mandarin jacket over the gown, while women wore cheongsam. Although the 1911 Revolution toppled the rule of the Qing (Manchu) Dynasty, the female dress survived the political change and, with succeeding improvements, has become the traditional dress for Chinese women.

Till the 1930s, Manchu people, no matter male or female, all wore loose-fitting and straight-bottomed broad-sleeved long gowns with a wide front. The lower hem of women's cheongsam reached the calves with embroidered flower patterns on it, while that of men's cheongsam reached the ankles and had no decorative patterns.

From the 1930s, cheongsam almost became the uniform for women. Folk women, students, workers and highest-tone women all dressed themselves in cheongsam, which even became a formal suit for occasions of social intercourses or diplomatic activities. Later, cheongsam even spread to foreign countries and became the favorite of foreign females.

After the 1940s, influenced by new fashion home and abroad, Manchu men's cheongsam was phased out, while women's cheongsam became narrow-sleeved and fitted to the waist and had a relatively loose hip part, and its lower hem reached the ankles. Then there emerge various forms of cheongsams we see today that emphasize color decoration and set off the beauty of the female shape.

Why do Han people like to wear the cheongsam? The main reason is that it fits well the female Chinese figure, has simple lines and looks elegant. What's more, it is suitable for wearing in all seasons by old and young.

The cheongsam can either be long or short, unlined or interlined, woolen or made of silk floss. Besides, with different materials, the cheongsam presents different styles. Cheongsams made of silk with patterns of flowerlet, plain lattices or thin lines demonstrate charm of femininity and staidness; those made of brocade are eye-catching and magnificent and suitable for occasions of greeting guests and attending banquets.

When Chinese cheongsams were exhibited for sales in countries like Japan and France, they received warm welcome from local women, who did not hesitate to buy Chinese cheongsams especially those top-notch ones made of black velour interlined with or carved with golden flowers. Cheongsam features strong national flavor and embodies beauty of Chinese traditional costume. It not only represents Chinese female costume but also becomes a symbol of the oriental traditional costume.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Green Cheongsam



Green Cheongsam

A green cheongsam dress looks especially elegant when you choose a colour that is bright, and yet not loud. For instance, while an emerald green evening dress would look absolutely stunning on most women, a lime green or a fluorescent green outfit would look totally out of place in most situations. You must be careful about which shade you choose. Often you will notice that a particular shade of a green may look good in one material, but may look totally different in another. Thus, choose your cheongsam dress wisely.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Traditional Cheongsam



Traditional Cheongsam

The traditional cheongsam chinese dresses are very much associated with the far east and oriental community. There are various styles available but essentially they are one piece long dresses that are usually short sleeved or sleeveless. Another characteristic of the cheongsam chinese dress is that they often feature a side-silt along the leg. The length of this varies depending upon style of dress.

Traditional heongsam are not often worn nowadays during daily wear as they can seem a bit took 'se*xy' and dressed up. Some companies and businesses do employ them in their workforce. This would include chinese restaurants, some casi*nos, and some airlines have variations of the cheongsam.

The modern cheongsam is a piece of chinese clothing that is considered quite se*xy and extremely feminine. As such they are ideally worn at certain social functions where the lady wants to stand out from the crowd and wear something a little different. There are so many styles today that some could be worn day to day but more often than not, these chinese dresses are saved for very special occasions. Most cheongsam dresses are bought online from Internet retailers and are usually made in China but shipped worldwide. A cheongsam chinese dress made anywhere but China just wouldn't be the same!

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Buy Cheongsam



Cheongsam Fashion

Buying cheongsam dresses online is one of the easiest and least time consuming ways to shop. It is also a lot of fun, because you get to check out hundreds more varieties than you would if you were shopping in a traditional store. Online shopping also offers a wider variety of selections in one handy place. You can purchase cheap cheongsam dresses, a designer cheongsam dress, a discount cheongsam dress, plus size cheongsam dress and formal cheongsam dresses easily just through the click of a button.

You can even shop for a designer cheongsam dress or a discount cheongsam dress in the same place, because they're often sold together. Whether you're looking for cheap cheongsam dresses or designer ones, there are several things you should keep in mind to ensure you pick the perfect cheongsam.