Qipao Love: Part 18 ~ Cultural appropriation and the Qipao (Cheongsam)...a matter of opinion?
|My beehive and a groovy Cheongsam.... [Caroline Opacic Photography]
|Anna May Wong (Source: Pinterest)
|Sceen from 'Flowers of War' (Source)
|Chinese-born Japanese actress Yoshiko Otaka (Yamaguchi) [Pinterest]
|Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor in Cheongsam (Divine Stitches)
|Clark Gable and actress Li Li-Hwa (Source: Pinterest)
|Vintage Butterick sewing pattern....to make your own Cheongsam (Divine Stitches)
|Love my Yukata even though I'm not Japanese..... [Yukata How-To]
Photo: Caroline Opacic Photography
|Wearing my Yukata with a proper lightweight Obi.... [1920s Modan Garu]
- Research that dress! If you would like to wear a Qipao (Cheongsam) respectfully, then do a little research into what looks nice with it and know the name of what it is that you will be wearing. It is probably best not to mix a widely perceived Chinese dress with items from other Asian cultures, to avoid making broad statements about all Asian cultures, or indeed dig out the political through a historical war context that could simmer a stereotypical grudge of some sort. If in doubt, keep it simple.
- Mere fun-filled costume or true loving appreciation? Your intention matters, and how you choose to wear a traditional garment will allow others to decipher information about you as well as how you feel about the garment. If you love something, then you will simply want to do it justice and appreciated it in the best way that you can.
If wearing a traditional Qipao (Cheongsam) is still daunting because of cultural sensitivities, then perhaps you can start with a modern Cheongsam instead. There are several newly emerging independent Cheongsam designers in Asia, who are selling rather modernly modified designs incorporating Western dress features with an element of creativity as well as play of fabric, to make the Cheongsam more accessible to younger working females of today. [For a reference of the different Modern Cheongsam designs I have tried, take a look at the Qipao Love series.] Have a fabulous start to the week darlings!
Until the next time,
♥ May xx
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|In my very first modern everyday Cheongsam....on a Singapore trip. [Qipao Love]