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Visit “The Stars, the Silver Screen and the Qipao” Exhibit

December 16, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm HKT

Ever since Hong Kong Sacred Spaces visited the Hong Kong Film Archive (HKFA) several weeks ago, I’ve received several requests to somehow find a way to return.  Given the success of recent trips related to design and fashion, I thought that HKFA’s  “The Stars, the Silver Screen and the Qipao” exhibit might fit the bill.  This exhibit highlights the HKFA’s extraordinary ability to combine the history of Chinese Cinema in Hong Kong with design to promote Hong Kong Culture in this case through the Qipao.  For those of you who don’t know, the Qipao is one of the most famous garments of the last century.  Although it began as humble everyday wear it became associated with the glamour of Shanghai and later Hong Kong. Highlights include Qipao’s worn by movie stars like Bai Guang 白光, Linda Lin Dai 林黛, Anita Mui 梅艷芳, and Maggie Cheung 張曼玉.

From the exhibit webpage:

“A daily wear of women in bygone days, qipao has become a distinctive kind of costume in cinema. The exhibition “The Stars, the Silver Screen and the Qipao”, organized by the Hong Kong Film Archive (HKFA) of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, is now held at the Exhibition Hall of the HKFA until January 1 next year. The exhibition showcases 24 pieces qipao dresses featured in movies of different eras, which are presented to visitors in their dazzling glamour.

The exhibition, taking visitors on a cultural journey through time, comprises five thematic zones, namely “Women in Wartime”, “Modern Girls”, “Stars on the Stage”, “Wife Life” and “Souls in the Shadows”.  On display are qipao costumes that appeared in movies from the 1940s to the 2000s and were worn by actresses including Bai Guang in “Blood Will Tell” (1949), Zhou Xuan in “The Flower Street” (1950), Linda Lin Dai in “The Orphan Girl” (1956), Hsia Moon in “Sunrise” (1956), Li Xianglan in “An Unforgettable Night” (1958), Anita Mui in “Kawashima Yoshiko” (1990), Maggie Cheung in “Centre Stage” (1992) and “The Soong Sisters” (1997), Joey Wong and Miyazawa Rie in “Peony Pavilion” (2001). In addition, specially edited film clips will be screened at the venue, allowing visitors to admire the charm of the qipao-wearing stars.”