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What Is The Difference Between The Qipao And Cheongsam?

  What is the difference between the qipao and cheongsam? We get asked this question a lot. Qipao (旗袍) and cheongsam (長衫)  both refer to the same Chinese style garment featuring a mandarin collar and both words can be used interchangeably nowadays. The main difference between the two words is their linguistic origin.  “Cheongsam” which translates to “long shirt”, initially was used to describe the loose fitting ‘dress shirts’ worn by Chinese men in the 1900’s but is now the Cantonese word used to describe the Chinese national dress worn by females. “Qipao” on the other hand is the Mandarin word, and literally translates to “robes worn by Manchurians”. No one knows exactly the true origin of the qipao but...

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Why Custom Make Your Own Qipao

Ever wondered why you should get your qipaos custom made instead of getting it off the rack? Continue reading to understand our reasons why. Yes, having them custom made does require more fittings but we guarantee it is not as troublesome as it may sound.  You might even enjoy the process.  Better Fit: The core goal of custom made clothing is so that the garment is produced based on your measurements while still being comfortable. It is essential that the qipao hugs your body at the right curves, flattering you at the best way possible. The idea is to flaunt your best assets and hide your worries away. Unique: Custom made qipaos allow you to decide which color you want...

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What To Expect At Your First Qipao Appointment

A lot of our clients are first time qipao/cheongsam wearers so we often get a lot of enquiries asking what they should expect and how the first qipao appointment works.    We, at Qipology, will assist you in selecting the perfect qipao dress that best suits your figure, your requirements, and your budget. First of all, book an appointment with us so we can fully devote our time to you. Come to our studio to try on our current styles so you can have a general idea on what suits your style and figure the best. You may be surprised that sometimes what you are looking for may not be what you eventually choose and vice versa. Additionally, research in...

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