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We prefer to call it cheongsam -- not qipao, cheongsam means long robe in Cantonese and actually only became a common woman's wear after the May Fourth Movement( 1919), or the New Culture Movement.
– Osmond Chan
It's different from ethnic costumes like the kimono and hanbok, as cheongsam has a highly flexible design, elements like dress length, different materials and different levels of complexity make dresses suitable for a variety of occasions.
As one Chinese saying goes,' cheongsam is practical enough for the kitchen but presentable for the living room,' the reason it's been able to last for a century is because cheongsam is really beautiful on its wearer.
Cheongsam means long robe in Cantonese and actually only became a common woman's wear after the May Fourth Movement( 1919), or the New Culture Movement, women started wearing men's long robes as a feminist statement and trend during that anti-Qing era.
If Tony Leung look at Miss Hong Kong beauty pageant, a section featuring candidates in cheongsam has been a must.
Classes teaching how to make cheongsam are offered in Hong Kong.
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