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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.

Classic cheongsam back to Shanghai woman

Classic shanghai cheongsam women

Classic Shanghai women should be a qipao women with silk handkerchief and armed with sandalwood fan. In the centuries, Shanghai women is like so, walk between tradition and fashion, orient and western, vintage and modern, classic and sexy no matter in the period of war time or in the Flourishing day.

It say that Shanghai women dare to wear any kinds of dresses – Sling dress, super mini skirt, underwear dress outside are all over the street. Unfortunately, There are few qipao women in the street.

Shanghai women with noble temperament, white and delicate skin, perfect body, Cheongsam was born for Shanghai women; Cheongsam was considered as Wrapped art, but women dressing cheongsam dress should be highly elegance and sexy, this sexy art should be shown off by wrapped qipao.

There are some reasons proven the rare qipao women in the street, One is that shopping with qipao seems very weird and out of trend, one is shopping with cheongsam can’t enjoy free and leisure feeling.

Traditional Shanghai qipao was very particular about perfect-fitting, and women with traditional Shanghai cheongsam must be dressed by taking a deep breath and raising chest and abdomen. It really shaped your body, but it’s too tried to dress cheongsam. Modern and fashion cheongsam exceeded this limition, and endue free and leisure to its design. Choosing a proper cheongsam dress to shopping should be highly recommended, It will bring you not only elegance but also self-confidence.

Recently, Social meeting are very popular in New Shanghai, some invitation wrote “Please dress formal dress to attend”, Shanghai women invariably return to the embrace of the cheongsam.

shang women in qipao walked in the street

Discovery Chinese Traditional Shops in Shanghai

Photos by Jeanne Lawrence

This is my first time to come to Shanghai, China, Where is a Mysterious place deepen in my mind: “Men with Long braids, and women wrapped by traditional Chinese cheongsam; Vintage street with antique for sale; Bikes is full of all corners…”

Beyond my expection, Shanghai already become an international City, High-rise buildings, The prosperity of the financial market, Five-star hotel over the street.

But, I am still disappointed that I couldn’t see the mysterious things I am looking forward. Thanks to Ms Jiang, She decided to guide me to discovery the antique things I expected in China.

A famous cheongsam shop in our first stop. Chinese women dresses the Fashion Qipao rather than just wrapped themselves into Traditional Cheongsam dress, Sleeveless qipao, Mini cheongsam, High-split cheongsam, show off the unique of Chinese style fashion women. Unexpected, Chinese women is dressing such sexy and modern dress today. They mix the Chinese traditional art (embroidery, Chinese frogs) with World fashion. I bought 5pcs cheongsam dresses once.

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Then we get to a silk shop and a embroidery handbags shop in near by. I don’t know why Chinese enjoy Peony? There are many Peonies embroidered in Cheongsam or handbags, or painted in Chinese guest book, etc.

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After one morning shopping, I am back to hotel with a bumper harvest. Of course, we take a luch in The most famous Chinese food Restaurant. I learnt how to use Chopticks. We have a tea after lunch.

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Afternoon, We went to the Antique Flea market in Shanghai, you can find any kinds of anituques here – Chinese painting, Antique, Chinese gifts, and so on.

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Although I only stay in Shanghai several days, I realized that Chinese isn’t just Traditional Chinese cheongsam, Chinese food, China tea, Kungfu, Antique, But fashion.

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Lasting appeal of Old Shanghai qipao

When talk about cheongsam, people always think of a woman walking in dim lane of old Shanghai, along with the “da da” sound of high heels, farther and farther.

I like the charm of old Shanghai, especially old Shanghai qipao, which represents an urban melancholy and demonstrates infinite charm of women.

Shanghai women like modern, fashion clothing, cheongsam is like neon, which attract the majority of Shanghai women.

Due to the gentle climate, Shanghai cheongsam characterized by smooth lines, simple structure and gorgeous color are really suitable for women to wear throughout the year.

A qipao dress is not only high requirements for the figure, but manners and disposition as well. All these perfectly demonstrates various charm of Shanghai women.

Old Chinese Celebrities’ Preference on Qipao

When it comes to old Shanghai, there are a person we have to mention, that is Ruan Lingyu. Ruan was born in Shanghai in 1910 to a working-class family. Her father, a worker, died when she was young, and her mother brought her up working as a housemaid. In 1926, to help make ends meet, Ruan signed up for the then prominent Mingxing Film Studio. Ruan was noted for skinny beauty of the last century, who possessed elegant and charming disposition. In the 1930s, the most prosperous era of film industry, Ruan Lingyu appeared as ancient beauty in movie. She always wear a cheongsam with various patterns. Ruan Lingyu almost the spokesperson of qipao at that time.

Eileen Chang was a legendary woman, who was truly a “cheongsam Beauty”. she had  preference on cheongsam, and merged this complex emotions in her novels. We can see many vivid characters wear qipao dress. For example, in “Eighteen Springs’’ , Manzhen wearing a light pink cheongsam dress, simple and elegant; Manlu in a black long qipao gowns. While in “Love in a Fallen City”, the qipao protagonist wear, probably soaked by moonlight, is really beautiful. She demonstrated cheongsam fanaticism in her own literary works, which influenced a generation.

Soong Ching-ling , also known as Madame Sun Yat-sen, was one of the three Soong sisters—who, along with their husbands, were amongst China’s most significant political figures of the early 20th century. Soong had preference on Qipao as well in her lifetime. She always wear cheongsam dress on important occasion.

Famous Actresses’ Qipao Complex

Maggie Cheung: Vintage and Charm

Masterpiece: In the Mood for Love

Maggie Cheung in <<In the Mood for Love>> by means of theShanghai qipao demonstrates totally different feminine—gentle and elegant, glamorous and noble temperament. And with two dozen of magnificent print cheongsam dresses in this film, Maggie Cheung perfectly presents the charm of Shanghai women.

Qipao requires not only a woman’s external beauty, but also a woman’s inner temperament. With pretty face and distinctive temperament, Maggie Cheung becomes celebrity of Chinese cheongsam without a doubt.

Angie Chiu: Classic and Nostomania

Masterpiece:ShanghaiBeach

Years ago, the role of Feng Chengcheng in <<Shanghai Beach>> captured the hearts of millions of viewers. We may have no idea what makes Feng chengcheng so amazing, but only one thing is certain, that is the Chinese cheongsam highlight Angie Chiu’s charming feminine.

With black tails and sweet smile, exquisite figure and gentle temperament, Angie Chiu makes oriental traditional cheongsam dress perfect and classic.

Shopping Qipao in Shanghai –Hilton dressing Qipao

shopping qipao in Shanghai
Everybody know Hiltion is a Shopaholic, That’s guess what’s the first stop when Hilton come to Shanghai?

Of course, She didn’t lack any of fashion stuffs, Amarni, LV, Chanel, etc. Chinese culture must be caught her attentions.

Shanghai Qipao is the best one who can show Chinese culture well. There are serval famous Tailor’s Qipao dress in Shanghai.

Hilton was trying different kinds of modern Qipao in one of Qipao shop. Let’s take a look:

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