Chinese entry 1 : Qi Pao

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This is a woman from the early twentieth century in China during the 1920s. This is a wealthy Hong Kong socialite wearing what most people in the west typically think of when we hear “Chinese dress/ clothes” : a Qipao (旗袍) in Mandarine or Cheongsam in Cantonese. Originally, this style of dress actually came from the Manchurians and was a loose fitting A-line gown. When China started becoming more modernized during the twentieth century, the dress was tailored to flatter the figure, and became more form fitting as time when on. It is still worn to this day, mostly for special occasions, and sometimes for everyday wear.