Post # 1
My wedding is this summer, and I’m wearing a gorgeous custom-made traditional Chinese dress (called Qi Pao, some say Chi Pao) by Helen Zhou, her shop is in Temple City,CA, and I think the shop is either called Brocade Apparel or Brocade Chi Pao, but here’s the website: http://www.brocadechipao.com.
After searching high and low with my mom for about a month in L.A to get Qi Pao (you name it, L.A. Chinatown, San Francisco Chinatown, and Rowland Heights, CA), we were so disappointed that we were calling quits. Finally, two weeks ago a friend’s friend had a Chinese wedding, and the bride wore this beautiful sequin low-cut modern Qi Pao (which I didn’t know existed), we found out that Helen Zhou custom made the dress for her. We went to her store the next day and was overwhelmed by the large selections she had: three show-rooms full of Chinese dresses and men’s Cheongsam! Helen was so nice and patient with us, helped us choose fabric, style, and even shoes. My dress was only $300, and my mother’s dress was $250.
I got my dress delivered to me yesterday, needless to say, it is beautiful. I can’t wait to wear it on my wedding day 🙂
Post # 5
I wish I would have known about this before my wedding! I asked a friend who was going to Shanghai to pick up a dress from a dress shop there after the search stateside ended in only cheap fabric/ill fits. I then had to alter it here, wish I would’ve known about Helen, would’ve been easier!
Post # 6
I’m about to order mine this weekend, but I saw mixed reviews on this shop and one other. I decided due to logistics of me living in Florida and not getting a complete custom fit to just to order straight from China. They just sent me fabric swatches and the fabric is amazing! Hope I have as much luck as you my style of a mermaid Qi Pao which is costing $140.00. Good to know you had a good experience:)
Post # 7
@Mrs.Pollietobe: Where are you getting your qi pao at? Do you mind sending the link?
Post # 8
You can order sample too, and mine took about a month to get here. Tell the sales person you email the ones you intrested in and they charge $15.00 for shipping sample of what your intrested in. I have read awesome reviews for this company. They also send you a how to measure sheet if you ask for the Qi Pao.