Is qipao the same as cheongsam?
While the terms cheongsam and qipao are often used interchangeably (the two terms do indeed refer to the same piece of apparel), they actually have different origins. Cheongsam is from Cantonese and translates as “long gown” while qipao is from Mandarin and literally means “banner robe.”
How much does a cheongsam cost?
But this convenience and comfort comes at a price: Shanghai Tang’s custom-made cheongsams range from 6,000 Hong Kong dollars to more than 300,000 dollars, and Olivia Couture’s custom-made dresses average 45,000 dollars.
Is it OK to wear a cheongsam?
There is no law on whether or not it’s acceptable to wear a cheongsam if you are not Chinese. It comes down to the spirit in which you wear a garment — and whether that spirit communicates respect versus condescension.
Is qipao traditional?
A Qipao, sometimes referred to as a cheongsam or a “Mandarin gown,” is a classic garment traditionally made from embroidered silk, featuring a high collar and delicate cloth buttons on the front. The qipaos you might be familiar with are tight-fitting and associated with the Shanghainese socialites of the ’60s.
How much does a qipao cost?
Its specialty is hand-painted qipao, for which seasoned painters would design and paint symbols or patterns on the qipao according to your order. One hand-painted customized qipao costs between $250-$275 (RMB 1,680-RMB1,900) and will take around 15 days to make.
Is it OK to wear a Chinese dress?
It’s totally ok. The qipao/cheongsam as we know it was first created in the 20s as formalwear, and then became popular enough to be regular street fashion for Chinese women. It’s not really a traditional dress by any means. Today of course, qipao are exclusively for formal or semi-formal events.