Every culture has its distinctive look. Cheongsam, also known as a qipao, is a tight-fitting dress that originated in Shanghai in 1920s. In the end of 20s, cheongsam was recognized as a formal attire. Even schools adopt it as uniform. In 1930s, Cheongsam evolved from loose- to tight-fitting with longer length and higher slit, making it more attractive to wear. It was popularized by the rich and famous.
The history and development of cheongsam, the close-fitting dress which was the most popular single garment worn by Chinese women during the twentieth century. It originated in the early years of the century from traditional Chinese robes, but soon developed its own characteristics. The very early versions of cheongsam were loose-cut and wide sleeved dresses and gradually the silhouettes developed into much more slender as a result of western influences. By the end of the 1960s, cheongsam was taken over by the mass produced ready-to-wear western style clothing due to various reasons. Starting during the 1990s, there is a huge resurgence of this iconic dress code. It has taken on a new revitalised energy and image imparted by both Chinese and international fashion designers. This revival has put cheongsam on the international stage in different dimensions.
Felt Cheongsam – Un Nouveau Genre
In 2014, I started to apply seamless technique (which is unique to feltmaking) in making a new genre of cheongsam. This new natural material mostly combining silk and wool is stretchy and follows the shape of the wearer. Combining elegance and comfort, this unique new breed of cheongsam provides an unparalleled choice for cheongsam connoisseurs.