Two or Three Things I Know About Qipao, and the Women Who Brought It to Life

Qipao patterns
“Two or Three Things I Know About Qipao, and the Women Who Brought It to Life” – Priscilla Chan Exhibit Curator

In order to help Hong Kong Sacred Spaces members learn more about the classic Qipao / Cheongsam ( 長衫) and have some background information before attending our upcoming visit to the Hong Kong Film Archive’s Exhibit “The Stars, the Silver Screen, and the Qipao“, I am creating a series of posts that will act as a resource for further study.  Some of the articles like the one below will be a summary of the exhibit and of the curatorial and preservation work done for it while others will be slightly more in-depth and academic.  My hope is to have some workable resource pages for those who wish to study Qipao in the future. The following article is from the most recent Hong Kong Film Archives monthly newsletter.  I encourage you to read this bilingual newsletter as HKFA has proven itself to be one of the most impressive cultural organizations in Hong Kong covering not only Chinese Cinema but many other ancillary arts like costume design.

Images and text from the Hong Kong Film Archive