Shanghai has always been China’s main fashion center for the past century. Recently, two graduate students in Shanghai produced a fashion show featuring 48 Mandarin dresses in four categories. These four categories can represent the current trends of Mandarin dresses in China and provide guidance for Mandarin dress shoppers worldwide. Let’s look at some other high-quality Mandarin dresses that were NOT presented at the fashion show but fall into the four categories:
1) Shanghai Classic
Traditional elements of Mandarin dresses, such as fine trimming, ornate buttons, and elaborate embroidery, are applied. Suzhou-style embroidery is in particular emphasized because Suzhou City, which is located near Shanghai, has been famous for exquisite embroidery for centuries. Mandarin dresses in the Shanghai classic category are meant for special occasions.
2) Shanghai Natural
Mandarin dresses in this category are modernized to be more comfortable, with artistic prints reminiscent of picturesque scenery in the canal-woven villages along the Yangtze River. These Mandarin dresses are prefect for casual weekend activities, such as going to the movies or getting together with friends.
3) Shanghai Cosmopolitan
This category is full of modernized Mandarin dresses that all look conservative enough to be office appropriate. Given the sheath form of the traditional Mandarin dress, it’s actually very easy to make Mandarin dresses similar to business outfits that usually consist of pencil skirts or sheath dresses.
4) Shanghai Youthful
Although Mandarin dresses come from Chinese history, they are not just traditional. They can be transformed into very chic and very cute mini dresses for 20-somethings.
After viewing all the Mandarin dresses shown above, you must agree that they are not just for traditional Chinese holidays or for Chinese women only. They are suitable for many different occasions in modern society everywhere in the world.
What’s the difference between Beijing qipao and Shanghai qipao?
After the Revolution of 1911, the then military-political centre was located in Beijing which was also the capital of Ming and Qing dynasties. So the clothes was influenced by this. In addition, northern women like red and green. Beijing Qipao thus came into being.
Features: Traditional & Classic
Highlights: 3-Binding, Full placket, Embroidery, Dragon & Phoenix…
In shanghai, after opening country to foreign trade, foreign influence was also reflected in clothes. The clothes in Paris, France was the most popular among Western clothes. The new clothes of Paris usually came to Shanghai in 3 or 4 months. Therefore, Shanghai was then the centre of Chinese clothes. Other districts followed the fashion trend in Shanghai. In Shanghai, any subtle changes in clothes could have an influence around the country. Even cities like Nanjing, Suzhou and Beijing followed shanghai’s fashion trend.