Qipao, also known as Cheongsam, is a traditional Chinese dress originated in the Qing Dynasty. The dress expresses of past dynasties and is noted as the highest of standard for Chinese women for hundred years.
Women’s body is hidden behind the one-piece stylish dress but still draw the outline of the wearer’s body, Qipao displaying its unique charm in a more restrained way. Qipao is liked by women not only because it stresses on the natural beauty of a female figure, but also makes women's legs appear more slender. It characterizes Chinese women's modesty, softness and beauty.
Easy and comfortable to wear, cheongsam fit the Chinese female figure well. Its high neck, closed collar, and its sleeves may be short, medium or full length, depending mainly on the season and wearer's taste. The dress is buttoned on the right or left side, with a loose chest, a fitted waist, and slits up either side, all of which combine to set off the beauty of the female form.
Traditionally, a Qipao is made of silk and embroidered with pearls and other decorations. Today, Qipao is also the modern designer's fashion icon.
Tourists to Beijing could also customize their own Qipao. There are many shops in Beijing offer customized Qipao. It is said that a good dress needs at least three times fitting. The first time to measure; the second time to fit on, the last time is completed. It is a truly luxury which is worth for waiting.
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Cheongsam (Qipao) is a female dress with distinctive Chinese features and enjoys a growing popularity in the international world of fashion. This body-hugging dress for women in China originating from the Manchu in the early 17th century was modernized and improved upon in Shanghai around 1900.