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Mei Ying, Frangipani

Long before In The Mood for Love and 2046 did invaluable PR for the cheongsam, Chinese cinema had already been instrumental in putting it on the map. After World War I, Chinese movies began to use the cheongsam for its significance as a quick symbol of ‘Chineseness’.  Naturally, A-list actresses of the 1950s and 1960s took to the cheongsam off screen, glamourising it and simultaneously contributing imagery to the empowering ‘factory girl’ phenomenon which had taken over the working class in 1960s Hong Kong. Actresses like Hsia Moon, Linda Lin Dai, Betty Loh Ti and Chen Sze Sze (if these names sound foreign, a Chinese parent comes in handy) were seldom seen on the red carpet or at photocalls in anything but a cheongsam.

Frangipani is black and fuschia knee length cheongsam with short mandarin collar and bodice extending into cap sleeves. Cheongsam has light blue vintage buttons, center back slit and a concealed zip fastening at the back. Chiffon print. Fully lined in chiffon. Dry clean.

This design may be customized in a different colour or fabrication. Give us enough lead time – write to us at info@ongshunmugam.com to discuss possibilities.
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