(Closed) Cheongsam/Qipao???

posted 9 years ago in East Asian
  • poll: Traditional or non-traditional?
    traditional : (8 votes)
    89 %
    non-traditional : (1 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 3
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    318 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Hi Suzi–kudos to you for honoring your tradition and wearing a qipao!  It’s ultimately up to you to wear either or.  Just curious, is your family from northern China or southern China?  Qipaos are very popular amongst brides wanting to honor their Chinese heritage but the qun qua is traditional bridal wear for southern Chinese brides.  Many brides find the qun qua to be outdated and opt to wear a qipao instead.  Here are some images and links for you to explore.

    Like Mrs. Hot Cocoa and Mrs. Toucan, I will be wearing a qun qua.  My mother rented her’s from Koon Nam Wah, also where Mrs. Hot Cocoa got hers made.  Check out these links…

    http://www.koonnamwah.com.hk/main04.php

    http://www.koonnamwah.com.hk/main03.php

     

    The white qipao is not very bridal but it’s so pretty I thought I’d throw it into the mix.  A traditional bridal qipao is usually made from red fabric.  You might want to reference the movies "In the Mood For Love", with Maggie Cheung, and "2046", with Zhang Ziyi, for drool worthy qipao styles.

     

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    Post # 4
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    238 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2008 - St. Catherine of Genoa, Jin Asian Cuisine Restaurant

    Hi Suzi!

    I wore both the qua and cheungsam/qipao on our wedding day. I wore the qua for our tea ceremony:

    Toucan's Qua

    and changed into a “non-traditional” qipao after we cut the cake.

    I had my qipao custom-made in China, and opted for a less traditional design (I asked for a lower cut back!) since I wore the traditional qua as well.

    I am not quite sure what you are asking in your original question, but I hope this helps some!

     

    ~Mrs. Toucan

    Post # 5
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    853 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2009

    couple of thoughts: the qua is more forgiving figurewise than the qipao. if you’re going with a qipao, i think it’s typical to have it custom made or at least tailored to your measurements so it fits properly. it’s very difficult for an off-the-rack dress to just fit perfectly. you may also be able to rent a qua from some chinese bridal stores.

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