(Closed) Qipao store recommendations

posted 11 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2008 - The Fountainhead

Hi Bride888 – I haven’t bought a qipao yet but my Future Mother-In-Law pointed out a store that we will visit together in the future.  I’m not sure what the name of the store is but it’s on the corner of Mott and Pell.  Future Mother-In-Law told me that she had asked around and a lot of people had recommended that store.  G’luck!

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

$200 is actually not bad! The cheapest way is to get it done in China. If you have relatives still living there, give them your measurements and have them bring it to a store there.  It costs less than $100.  Of course, this would involve more communication about what you want your qipao to look like.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2007 - Astoria World Manor, Queens, New York

i actually got mine from peony red and i loved it, so did my Mother-In-Law. but really $200 for a custom made kaepo/qipao is not bad at all.

Post # 6
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Worker bee

i have been qi pao shopping as well lately. although i’m not from NY, $200 for a qi pao sounds about right. i have been asking a lot of tailors in my area (texas) for estimates and the silk for a qipao costs about $20/yd and it takes about 3 yds to make one, + labor cost ($120-$140ish) so the total is about $200.

what joanne said is right..the cheapest would be to get one straight from asia but that takes a lot of work and umm. travel. or friends or family who can travel for you. otherwise, the cheapest i seen is for about $110 or so from an online website but you can’t see it in person till it ships to your door.

Post # 7
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Wannabee

Hi,

I’m surprised that you found a store that will custom make the dress for only $200.  I’ve gone to 2 places in Chinatown and each quoted me prices of ~400-500.

I am definitely going to check out Peony Red!

Post # 7
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Wannabee

Hi,

I’m surprised that you found a store that will custom make the dress for only $200.  I’ve gone to 2 places in Chinatown and each quoted me prices of ~400-500.

I am definitely going to check out Peony Red!

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

Wow, what kind of qipao are you getting?  The place on Pell & Mott is charging me $450!

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2007 - Ceremony at a cement and stained glass cathedral and reception at a boutique hotel ballroom

Wow, $200 is a deal! I’m in SF and got mine for almost $400.

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2008

we just picked out my mom’s qipao at the flushing mall in queens and it cost ~$450 for a silk design. though after looking at the details of all the dresses, this tailor’s work is really great. my mom used to be a seamstress, so quality was really important to her. he had a good selection of brocade fabrics, but you have to hunt for some fabrics that are a little more modern.

i bought two qipaos in shanghai and they cost me about $250 each. but one included extensive hand embroidery. but the turnaround was awesome… just two weeks! i had a friend ship them back to me. if anyone is making a trip out to shanghai (i just happened to be there for work) you should check out this street… i think it’s Change Le Lu betwoeen Mao Ming Lu and Shan Xi Nan Lu for custom quipao tailors. they have a lot ultra modern shops there as well that sell more than the customary red qipao.

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2008

i’m wearing red, but my mom is wearing a dark pink (which i’m a little envious of!) i figure why not… i’m only getting married once… might as well go the traditional route!

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