The style of the qipao has evolved over the decades and is still worn today. In the s in Shanghaithe cheongsam was modernized and became popular among celebrities and the upper class. The dress became less popular when Communist rule began in because the Communist government tried to erase many traditional ideas, including fashion, to make way for modernism.
Chinese robes, Manchu fashion, Western suits, revolutionary garb: the clash over styles, ideology and consumerism continues to this day. Peng, who previously enjoyed a successful career as a singer, is known for her personal style and engaging manner. A few years later, she was subjected to cruel parody by Red Guards in the Cultural Revolution and suffered public humiliation by being dressed in a mock cheong-sam and made to wear a necklace made out of ping-pong balls during a mass denunciation rally.
I study one of the most profound cultural changes of the 20th century: the rise of casual dress. I study casual dress as it evolved on the beaches of Miami. I study casual dress as worn by the Black Panthers and by Princeton undergraduates.
A group of Qing Dynasty era women clothed in Manchu-style clothing. Even today, the Manchu influence lingers in the form of the qipao otherwise known as the thing that Chun-Li wears in Street Fighter. This photo was taken during the Qing Dynasty, but it depicts Han Chinese women dressed in what is considered traditional Han Chinese robes.
Ancient Chinese clothing refers to the historical clothing styles of Chinaparticularly those before the Qing dynasty. The Han Chinese historically wore a robe or a shirt for the upper garment, while the lower garment was commonly a pleated skirt. Since the Han dynastyChinese clothing had developed varied styles and exquisite textile techniques, particularly on silkand absorbed favorable elements in foreign cultures.
Culture and fashion are very much two sides of the same coin. Against a background of cultural, historical, and social change, this article explores how clothing fashion in China has changed since and interrelated with the dynamic cultures during these different periods. When the People's Republic of China was established, China's intelligentsia was fond of both Western-style suits and Chinese-style robes.
The S-bend corset was fashionable during the s. It thrust the hips backwards and forced the chest forward into a fashionable pouter-pigeon shape, emphasised with puffed, frilly blouses that were often embellished with decorations like lace collars and broad ribbon ties. Separates were popular, with skirts fitted over the hip and fluted towards the hem.
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Corsets were loosened, hemlines rose, and designers like Coco Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent famously dressed ladies in trousers and tuxedo jackets. Less documented was a similar fashion overhaul in China, which is now the subject of an exhibition at the Hong Kong Museum of History. Unlike the Western dress, which has a vertical construction, the qipao follows the flow of wrapped fabric.
This extract recalls how the advent of TV impacted new fashion trends in the s. The neighbourhood dressmaker who relied on paper patterns and her pedal-powered Singer sewing machine, the exacting Shanghainese tailor who draped the body and crafted by hand, the Indian tailor — immaculate in a crisp white shirt and spotless dhoti — who arrived at your doorstep to take your measurements. Courtesy of Singapore Press Holdings. She ought to know.