Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Qipao|Cheongsam ia chinese dress for women.

     The cheongsam is a body-hugging one-piece Chinese dress for women; the male version is the changshan. It is known in Mandarin Chinese as the qipao.

 The stylish and often tight-fitting cheongsam or qipao that is most often associated with today was created in the 1920s in Shanghai and was made fashionable by socialites and upperclass women.

 When the Manchu ruled China during the Qing Dynasty, certain social strata emerged. Among them were the Banners (), mostly Manchu, who as a group were called Banner People.

Manchu women typically wore a one-piece dress that retrospectively came to be known as the qipao. The generic term for both the male and the female forms of Manchu dress, essentially similar garments, was changpao.


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