Qipao (旗袍) – Traditional Chinese Dress

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Qipao are one-piece Chinese dresses that have its origins in Manchu ruled China back in the 17th century.

It was worn nearly every day. During the 20s in Shanghai and 50s in Hong Kong, the qipao was also casually worn quite often. The style of the qipao has evolved over the decades and is still worn today.

Nowadays, the qipao is not worn in an everyday manner. It is now worn only during formal occasions like weddings or parties. The qipao is also used as a uniform at restaurants and hotels in Asia. But, elements of traditional qipaos, like intense colors and embroidery, are now incorporated into everyday wear by design houses.

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