3The Culture of QipaoQipao, is a female body-hugging dress with distinctive Chinese features, which enjoys a growing popularity in the international world of fashion. It originated from the Qing Dynasty in the early 17th century and was modernized and improved in Shanghai in the early 19th century.In 1911, The Qing Dynasty, which was established by the Manchu people (a Northern Chinese tribe which was unified in the early 17th century) was overthrown in China, but their dress, the Qipao, or the Banner Dress, was kept.
4The History of Qipao Qing Dynasty During the 1920s During the 1930s Between 1940s and 1960sDuring cultural revolutionNowadays
5Qing DynastyThe Qipao became popular among ladies of the royal family in the Qing Dynasty. At that time, Qipaos were fitted loosely and were so long that they would reach the insteps. Usually, they were made of silk and the whole dress was embroidered, with broad lace trimmed at the collar, sleeves and edges.
6During the 1920sIn the 1920s, Qipao / Cheongsam became popular throughout China. With the influence of Western dress styles, the Cheongsam underwent a change. The cuffs grew narrower and were usually trimmed with thin lace. The length of the dress was shortened as well. This new adaptation allowed the beauty of female body to be fully displayed
7During the 1930sIn the 1930s, wearing a Qipao / Cheongsam became a fashion among women in the whole of China. Various styles existed during this period. Some were short, some were long, with low, high or even no collars at all
8Between 1940s and 1960sStarting from the 1940s, Cheongsams became closer-fitting and more practical. In summer, women wore sleeveless dresses. Qipaos of this period were seldom adorned with patternsThe Qipao became standard female attire until the 1960s. Following Western fashion, the tailors raised the them, even to above the knee, so that the "long" was long no longer
10During cultural revolution During this period, qipao was prohibited by the government for traditional concept.
11NowadaysQipao is a vibrant part of Chinese culture. When wives of China's diplomats attend important social gatherings, the Qipao is their first choice among dresses.Qipao is no longer a garment particular to Chinese women, but is adding to the vocabulary of beauty for women the world over.