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Duck-egg-blue Embroidered Charmeuse Cheongsam with Short Sleeves Front

Museum of Ethnic Costumes, Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology

Museum of Ethnic Costumes, Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology
Beijing, China

This garment applied lustrous duck-egg-blue silk charmeuse with a soft texture as the outer fabric and habotai in a similar color as lining. The main color of duck egg blue, combined with three different shades of pink used for hems, creates an elegantly-pleasant palette, reminding viewers of the graceful charm of beautiful ladies. Embroidered floral patterns in four shades of dark red purple, which were carefully handled to display various forms of flowers, are well-positioned all over the garment. Such a kind of plain embroidery was popular in female garments in the early 20th century.
Unlike the tight-fitting trim known for most cheongsams, a traditional cylindrical shape inherited from the female garments of the late Qing dynasty (1644-1911 AD) was chosen for this dress, a testimony that this item was created in the early Republican China period (1912-1949 AD), when the style and apparel-making techniques had not been exposed to western influence.

Details

  • Title: Duck-egg-blue Embroidered Charmeuse Cheongsam with Short Sleeves Front
  • Date: Republic of China (1912-1949 AD)
  • Original Source: http://www.biftmuseum.com/
  • Physical format: 120cmx69cm
  • Ethnic group: Han

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