DESIGN AND BUILD YOUR VERY OWN
TRADITIONAL CHINESE QIPAO DRESS
Now you can design your very own and very Chinese QIPAO, also known as CHEONGSAM dress at the famous (est.1896) Shanghai Jiao Tong University under the tutelage of the famous fashion designer MASTER NI MIAN who is considered by many as the KARL LAGERFELD of fashion design in China, ably assisted by the famous fashion designers and pattern making specialists YUE JIE and WANG WEI WEI
WHAT IS A QIPAO/CHONGSAM?
The Qipao is a body-hugging one-piece Chinese ladies dress.The stylish and usually tight-fitting Cheongsam or Qipao was originally designed in Shanghai during the roaring 1920's, where qipao clad society ladies would see and be seen at the dazzling soirees at the Cathay Hotel on the Bund, now the Peace hotel dancing the Charleston till daybreak at the world famous Cathay Hotel Jazz bar.
Then, as now, Shanghai was considered the "PARIS OF THE EAST"
The male version is the Changshan which Master Ni Mian which is being considered for a future Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) fashion design course.
Chinese language usage
HISTORY OF THE QIPAO
A new social stratum emerged in the early Qing dynastic period. Traditionally, the Manchu "Banner people" women wore a one-piece dress known as the “Banner gown” or Changpao. The Changpao fitted loosely and suspended freely down the body. One popular style was flared in an "A" shape. In the year 1636, an Empirical edict forced all Han Chinese to wear their hair in one long plait down the nave of the neck, the "Queue", shave off the hair on the front half head and dress in a regulation Manchurian qipao instead of the traditional Han ethnic attire. Until 1911, the Changpao was required clothing for Chinese men in authority. While daily attire for Han Chinese women remained a loose jacket and trousers, with an overskirt for formal occasions.
The original qipao was wide and loose. It covered most of a woman's body, revealing only the head, hands, and the tips of the toes. The baggy nature of the loose fitting Qipao effectively concealed the body mass of more "ample" endowed ladies.
During the roaring 1920's, the redesigned, body-hugging and sometimes discreetly titillating Qipao took Shanghai by storm when the newly rich wanted to live it up and flaunt their newly acquired wealth.
The contemporary version of the Qipao may be high-necked and feature bell-like sleeves or be sleeveless and can be made in a dazzling variety of silks and other fabrics and can be further adorned with accessories, limited only by the imagination of the beholder.
● History of Chinese clothing, from utilitarian to “Haute Cuture” throughout the Dynasties.
● The Traditional Changpao, Qipao for ladies and the Changshan for gentlemen.
● Styles and classification of Qipao costumes contemporary fashion trends.
● Application of Chinese costume design; color, style and trends for the modern Qipao; how to select and design a stunning Qipao suitable for both Oriental and Western ladies.
● Design and tailoring of the Qipao.
● How to select suitable fabrics and design a tailored and perfectly fitting Qipao taking into account the wearer’s unique facial features, body shape and skin complexion.
● Designing, fabric selection, cutting and couturing of the traditional Chinese Qipao.
● Selection and application of ornaments and braiding Pankou (Frog).
● Completion of the Qipao garment, detailing, fitting, and modelling of the finished article.
● Evaluation and discussion on every student’s Qipao masterpiece.
● Prize giving ceremony for the best Qipao produced by participating students.
Mr. Ni Mian:
Mr Ni is a famous Chinese fashion designer and planner, with over 30 years of working experience in fashion design and fashion education. He is also fashion consultant for more than 100 renowned companies and institutes.
Ni Mian is a former chief designer of the Shanghai Costume Institute and Chief Director of the fashion training program of Donghua University as well a popular lecturer of the "Fashion & Costume" program at the popular China Education Television Channel. Mr Ni is a also a visiting scholar at universities in France and Italy and was ma valued contributer at the Milan International Fashion Trend Release in 1996.
Mr Yu is an experienced garment pattern making specialists in China and an acknowledged designer of several wellknown high class fashion brands.
Mr. Wang Weiwei:
Weiwei is s a fashion designer and pattern cutter with many years' teaching experience and a penchant for designing Qipao and “Haute couture”.
30 October 2014 and then every Tuesday and Thursday from 9.00 to 11.30 am .
Please indicate when enrolling if you prefer a different timetable/ lecture times etc so that we can follow the wishes of the majority.
No classes on Christmas and Boxing day, New Year’s day and Public Holidays.
Tuition including fabric for one Qipao as well as design and finishing assistance:
- Start Date: 9 Dec 2014
- Duration: 8 Weeks, Every Tuesday
- Tuition fee: 4,600 RMB
- Registration Fee: 120 RMB
- Certificate: Shanghai Jiao Tong University
Disclaimer: All information was correct at the time of compilation. Some changes may occur because of “force majeur”, non-availability of instructors, policy changes of SJTU etc.
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