A Cen­tury of Fash­ion: Hong Kong Cheongsam Story

China Pictorial (English) - - CULTURE -

April 17 – Novem­ber 11 Guang­dong Mu­seum, Guangzhou

The cheongsam, or qi­pao , is con­sid­ered one of the most rep­re­sen­ta­tive fe­male Chi­nese gar­ments in con­tem­po­rary his­tory. “Cheongsam” is the Hong Kong Can­tonese word for what the ma­jor­ity of Chi­nese peo­ple would call “qi­pao ,” and ei­ther way the dresses fea­ture strong lo­cal cul­ture.

Themed around the Hong Kong cheongsam, the ex­hi­bi­tion gath­ers 205 pieces of col­lec­tions in­clud­ing fine cheongsams, cheongsam-mak­ing tools and pro­mo­tional ma­te­ri­als fea­tur­ing cheongsam el­e­ments from the past cen­tury in Hong Kong, as well as a large num­ber of valu­able his­tor­i­cal videos and im­ages. It traces the evo­lu­tion of Hong Kong women’s cloth­ing, changes in the in­dus­try, the pro­duc­tion process and fas­ci­nat­ing sto­ries of Hong Kong women and cheongsams.

Through the ex­hi­bi­tion, the au­di­ence can ab­sorb the charm of Hong Kong fash­ion over the past cen­tury and learn about the changes in Hong Kong so­ci­ety and women’s sta­tus.

Col­lec­tions of fine Hong Kong cheongsams from the past cen­tury.

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