Clark Gable admires Li Li-Hwa in a simple but stunning cheongsam, 1954 Hong Kong

Vintage fashion style dress Asian qipao Clark Gable in Hong Kong. Li Li-hwa, top glamour girl of the Chinese movie world~Associated Press December 1954

Maggie Cheung in 'In the Mood for Love'

In the Mood for Love/Fa yeung nin wa dir. Kar Wai Wong), Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung.

Squeal! My favourite cheongsam colour combo.

A gorgeous, retro cheongsam. Get the look by pairing Lulu's Moon Festival Floral Cutout Dress with a cherry red lipstick and delicate gold jewelry. It's time for a Chinoiserie Christmas!

Early 60s

In honor of Chinese New Year, it seemed only appropriate to celebrate China\'s most infamous fashion export, the Cheongsam, or Qipao dress.

What a gorgeous cotton set, early 60s

Qipao's, From Transformation of the Qipao at the Hong Kong Museum of History.

before In The Mood for Love and 2046 did invaluable PR for the cheongsam, Chinese cinema had already been instrumental in putting it on the map. After World War I, Chinese movies began to use the cheongsam for its significance as a quick symbol of ‘Chineseness’.  Naturally, A-list actresses of the 1950s and 1960s took to the cheongsam off screen, glamourising it and simultaneously contributing imagery to the empowering ‘factory girl’ phenom which had taken over the working class in 1960s ...

before In The Mood for Love and 2046 did invaluable PR for the cheongsam, Chinese cinema had already been instrumental in putting it on the map. After World War I, Chinese movies began to use the cheongsam for its significance as a quick symbol of ‘Chineseness’. Naturally, A-list actresses of the 1950s and 1960s took to the cheongsam off screen, glamourising it and simultaneously contributing imagery to the empowering ‘factory girl’ phenom which had taken over the working class in 1960s ...

1960s black white cheongsam

ladies in Chinese cheongsam dress, Waichai, Hong Kong, by photographer Yau Leung.


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