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New Shanghai Mandarin Dresses

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.

Peony Embroidered Rose Colored Qipao by ELEGENTE
Peony Embroidered Rose Colored Qipao by ELEGENTE
Black Cheongsam Embroidered Peony And Butterflies by ELEGENTE
Black Cheongsam Embroidered Peony And Butterflies by ELEGENTE
Fashion Embroidery Cheongsam Dresses Green Magnolia by ELEGENTE
Fashion Embroidery Cheongsam Dresses Green Magnolia by ELEGENTE
Embroidered Bamboo Long Cheongsam Dresses White by ELEGENTE
Embroidered Bamboo Long Cheongsam Dresses White by ELEGENTE
Magnolia Embroidered Long Qipao Gown In Red by ELEGENTE
Magnolia Embroidered Long Qipao Gown In Red by ELEGENTE

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.

Sexy Halter Cheongsam In Knee Length by ELEGENTE
Sexy Halter Cheongsam In Knee Length by ELEGENTE
Refined Mandarin Dress With Chinese Brush Painting Print by ELEGENTE
Refined Mandarin Dress With Chinese Brush Painting Print by ELEGENTE
Fashion Cheongsam Silk W/ Light Blue Lotus Print - Ink Lotus by ELEGENTE
Fashion Cheongsam Silk W/ Light Blue Lotus Print – Ink Lotus by ELEGENTE
Yellow Cheongsam Silk Ceorgette Qipao Couture W/ Floral Print by ELEGENTE
Yellow Cheongsam Silk Ceorgette Qipao Couture W/ Floral Print by ELEGENTE
Ink Printed Perfect Fit Silk Chinese Dress - Moon In The East by ELEGENTE
Ink Printed Perfect Fit Silk Chinese Dress – Moon In The East by ELEGENTE

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.

Black Silk Modern Cheongsam by ELEGENTE
Black Silk Modern Cheongsam by ELEGENTE
Fashionable Tiny Grid Mandarin Dress In Grey by ELEGENTE
Fashionable Tiny Grid Mandarin Dress In Grey by ELEGENTE
Zigzag Pattern Qipao Dress by ELEGENTE
Zigzag Pattern Qipao Dress by ELEGENTE
Houndstooth Long Cheongsam Dress by ELEGENTE
Houndstooth Long Cheongsam Dress by ELEGENTE
Tiny Checkered Woolen Long-Sleeve Mandarin Dress With Lace by ELEGENTE
Tiny Checkered Woolen Long-Sleeve Mandarin Dress With Lace by ELEGENTE

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.

Ombre Modern Cheongsam With Embroidered Peony by ELEGENTE
Ombre Modern Cheongsam With Embroidered Peony by ELEGENTE
White Linen Mini Cheongsam by ELEGENTE
White Linen Mini Cheongsam by ELEGENTE
Chinese Ink Lotus Sleeveless Cheongsam by ELEGENTE
Chinese Ink Lotus Sleeveless Cheongsam by ELEGENTE
Artistic Shanghai Tailored White Qipao by ELEGENTE
Artistic Shanghai Tailored White Qipao by ELEGENTE
Hot Pink Sleeveless Qipao Dress With Blue Trims by ELEGENTE
Hot Pink Sleeveless Qipao Dress With Blue Trims by ELEGENTE

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.

Beijing Qipao Vs. Shanghai Qipao

What’s the difference between Beijing qipao and Shanghai qipao?

Beijing Qipao(京派旗袍)

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…

beijing qipao
Beijing qipao: Tradition & Classic

Shanghai Qipao(海派旗袍)

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.

Features:  Modified, Modern & Fashion
Highlights:
  Halter, Backless, Pipa placket, Lace…

shanghai qipao
Shanghai qipao: Modified, Modern & Fashion

Modern Qipao (现代旗袍)

There are not very restrict features for Beijing qipao and Shanghai qipao recently. Both of them are developing quickly upon the fashion world and targeting customers.

Shanghaitang: Nouveau Chinese style.
REDPALACE: Beijing Tailor Made
SissaeQipao: Modifying & Targeting to Malaysia Clients.