Cheongsam


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red-mermaid-sleeveless-brocade-cheongsam-qipao-chinese-wedding-dress-d6900e7d-600x800CHEONGSAM is a body-hugging one-piece Chinese dress for Women. The male version is the CHANGSHAN. It is known in Mandarin Chinese as the QIPAO and is also known in English as a MANDARIN GOWN. The stylish and often tight-fitting Cheongsam, that is best known today was created in the 1920s in Shanghai and made fashionable by socialites and upper-class women.

The English ‘loanword’ cheongsam comes from CHEUHNGSAAM, the Cantonese pronunciation of the Shanghainese term ZANZE, by which the original tight-fitting form was first known. In Hong Kong, where many Shanghai tailors fled to after the Communist Revolution in China, the word CHEUHNGSAAM may refer to either male or female garments.

Traditionally, usage in western countries mostly followed the original Shanghainese usage and applies the Cantonese-language name CHEONGSAM to a garment worn by women. The original CHEONGSAM was wide and loose and covered most of the woman’s body, revealing only the…

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