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As a peculiar traditional garment, cheongsam is of special esthetic values and can act as a prolocutor of the art of Chinese garment.

Cheongsam(Qipao) is one type of typical Chinese female costumes, featured by stand collar, fitting waist, right side opening and slip bottom, which can fully reveal the beauty of the female body shape.

Originated from the garment of the Qing Dynasty, cheongsam was the unique garment for the Manchus in Northeast China, modified in the early 20th century, and then became more suitable and comfortable while still remained the arts and crafts of traditional ones. Cheongsam was first favored in the 1930s when the irreplaceable role in female garment was established. It was especially popular with the women in Shanghai in that its slimness and fitness had made it a perfect choice for the slender and exquisite-stature women in prosperous South China. Soon afterwards, it swept almost the whole country as the most favored garment for Chinese women. Contrasted with the old-style ones, the modified style is more capable of highlighting the beautiful shapes of a woman and has stood out from the obsolete pattern as a typical Chinese female garment.

Cheongsam has undergone constant changes with the fashions in different times. While retaining the traits of traditional cheongsam in details, though the new-style one is associated with new features and a great deal of modern design elements in cutting, color and match, which are distinctively reflected in the change of the bottom, like a-shape, unsymmetrical type and picture puzzle type, etc, as well as different materials. New-style cheongsam is of even greater vigor with its easy wearing so as to meet esthetic demands of young women in China.