Qipao dress exhibition.

My parents were nice enough to come into town for my birthday and I had really wanted to check out the Hong Kong History Museum so we hopped across the harbor to Kowloon. Poor navigational skills on my part meant we didn’t have long at the museum so we parted ways and my Dad read about the history of the island, while my Mom and I spent all of our time looking at dresses!

The special exhibit was entitled “The Evergreen Classic: Transformation of the Qipao” and it featured 280 Chinese gowns from the last 130 years.
I preferred the more modern dresses from the twenties on.

The mix of East and West had some pretty interesting results.

But overall I must say that I really like the Western fabrics in the traditional design.

This even has some Lily Pulitzer notes.

Isn’t the eyelet so sweet? And white, lined linen, with high breathability is just perfect for the climate here.

The yellow sheath dress on the right looks very Jackie ‘O’ don’t you think?

Even if you’re not into the heavily beaded thing, you have to admire all the detail here, as well as how ity bity those waists are!

The black and white number on the right was my no. 1 favorite from the entire show. Isn’t the modern elegance spectacular? I love this fresh take on floral.

What an elaborate velvet fabric!

The ribbons and the bows here have a pretty incredible combined graphical, yet whimsical, effect.

It’s not a pattern–those are all real, mini bows sewn onto the fabric.

Some long heavily patterned examples.

In person, this was quite elegant. This design was from the last decade, yet the size of the waist seems like it must have been from the bound feet era.

The exhibition’s creators briefly remind you at the end that not everyone dressed like the photos above all the time..

Mom snapped this pic in front of a few of her favorites. We both had a lovely time and were both a step closer to wanting a qipao addition to our closets after checking out all of these incredible creations.

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3 responses to “Qipao dress exhibition.

  1. yeah, I’ll say I want a qipao after seeing your photos! And I love the same black and white one you did too. I would love to see this exhibit.

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