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Wedding Photo I: Bride in Cheongsam and Groom in Long Gown and Riding Jacket

The period of Republic of China

Museum of Ethnic Costumes, Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology

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

This picture was taken in the early period of the Republican China (1911-1949 AD) by a photo studio named Die Lai, literally meaning “butterflies coming”, located in Shanghai. The groom in this picture wears a dark-color long gown covered with a riding jacket, or “magua” in Chinese, a style of jacket for men during the Qing dynasty (1644-1912 AD). With a gauze corsage pinned on his jacket, his hands are hidden inside the super-long sleeves of the gown and only a tip of his black leather shoes is exposed as the most is covered by the long lap of the gown. The bride is in a long cheongsam with light-color floral patterns and narrow piping in the same color. It was a trend for brides to wear long-sleeve cheongsams during that period of time. There are several pairs of frogs on the bride’s cheongsam, with one flower-shaped pair on the upper rim of the collar, one “一”-shaped pair on the lower and one flower-shaped pair in the middle of the diagonal placket. The bride wears a pair of light-color embroidery shoes. Regarding accessories, the lady wears a pair of earrings with pendants, a metal ring around the middle finger of her left hand and a fashion watch on her left wrist, together with a similar gauze corsage pinned on her cheongsam. The corsage, with endless-knot-decorated calyx supporting a corolla of petals, bears a similar design to the hair ornaments worn by Peking Opera actresses.

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  • Title: Wedding Photo I: Bride in Cheongsam and Groom in Long Gown and Riding Jacket
  • Date: The period of Republic of China
  • Original Source: http://www.biftmuseum.com/

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