If you’re a fan of tradition, a Chinese wedding dress like our Gemma dress offers the same look and feel you would have seen on the streets of Hong Kong in the 1950s. Its beautiful red brocade fabric is striking and familiar, giving off an elegant vibe. Make it your own by customizing it with your preferred fabric pattern.
Mermaid-style dresses are popular in Western weddings and blend the best of both cultures. Red cheongsams like our Vera Dress combines the traditional mandarin collar and form-fitting top with a flowing skirt for a freeing update on the classic silhouette.
If you’re a fan of the details like the mandarin collar but want your own spin on it, consider our modern styles. Our Marilyn Dress offers a similar upper structure, but with softer details like floral embroidery and comes in a variety of colors like wine red or white.
Qipaos can be made of many different materials, but the traditional ones are typically made of brocade or silk fabric decorated with embroidery on top. Often, the embroidery features floral designs, a phoenix and/or dragon. In Chinese culture, the dragon and phoenix together symbolizes good luck and a harmonious marriage.2. Color
There is no one color associated with qipaos, but for Chinese weddings, red is the way to go. Red in Chinese culture symbolizes everything you could ever want - good luck, happiness, and joy. That’s why the envelopes you get for Chinese New Year is also red. Brides, therefore, also wear red during their weddings for good fortune.3. Mandarin collar
The most iconic part of any qipao. The mandarin collar was popularized after the Manchurians overthrew China’s current ruling dynasty to form the Qing Dynasty in the 17th century. The collar was one of the traditional features on the Manchu gowns.It is an unfolded, upright collar that goes around the neck and typically is two to five centimeters in height. For comfort, most are around 3-4cm.4. Pankou Knots
Pankou is the Chinese name for the traditional knotted buttons used on qipaos. They are also often called frog fasteners. Traditionally, they come in various animal and floral designs and are made of silk or satin wrapped around a stiffening material such as copper to help hold its shape.
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