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  • n. A traditional dress worn by Chinese women


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From Mandarin 旗袍 (qípáo).


  • You would no doubt have seen shops selling beautiful and sexy Cheongsam dresses (also known as qipao).


  • Usually perceived as a form-fitting long dress, it is originally called a qipao and is known as the cheongsam in English. New Blogs and RSS Feeds

  • My qipao was my 3rd outfit of the night (I wore my white wedding gown and qua before).


  • The modern-meets-sultry pumps and flats in ornate silk patterns could be worn with a silk qipao, or form-fitting dress.

    The Bling Dynasty

  • Shanghai has always been the lady in the slit-skirt qipao, the fitted Chinese dress popular in the 1920s, brought into the 21st century.

    The Bling Dynasty

  • Kurt Wilberding/The Wall Street Journal Channeling 1920s old Shanghai, Monique Wu wears a silk embroidered qipao with a white shawl and fish net stockings.

    The Subterraneans

  • Shanghai film star Ruan Lingyu shows how a fashionable woman of the 1930s wore a qipao -- over a slip whose lace borders would show through the slits.

    The Qipao Keeps Up

  • This 1940s qipao belonged to Lam Yee-mui, a renowned Cantonese opera singer whose stage name was

    The Qipao Keeps Up

  • This design by Wing Choi, named for the famous 19th-century beauty Countess Castiglione, was made using the traditional Shanghaiese-style qipao-cutting method.

    The Qipao Keeps Up

  • NCN Ltd. At the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the athletes -- here the team of the West African nation of Guinea -- were led by hostesses wearing uniforms incorporating elements of the qipao.

    The Qipao Keeps Up


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