Traditionalism and modernism may be at the two ends of the spectrum. But the modern woman of today does not forget her roots, culture and traditions. She embraces the traditional culture and modernism with élan.
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Traditionalism and modernism may be at the two ends of the spectrum. But the modern woman of
today does not forget her roots, culture and traditions. She embraces the traditional culture and
modernism with élan.
Through the years the traditional outfits for women have undergone many changes, sometimes to
suit to the changing needs of the women or at times because of the influence of the more
fashionable western culture. However the change may be, but some outfits like the beautiful
Wedding Cheongsam have still managed to retain their traditional charm, despite the changes that
it has undergone, over the years.
Read on to explore what defines the modern woman, the history of the oriental cheongsam, how the
wedding dresses of a particular region reflect upon the culture and a take on the humble cheongsam,
which has become a modern symbol of traditional culture.
What defines a Modern Woman?
By the 20th and 21st century, thanks to the profound influence of yesteryears, the new modern
woman with her feminist ideals had made her mark. The modern woman has emerged, breaking
from a male dominated society. The modern woman is sometimes seen as embracing a new culture
which is significantly away from the home culture. The modern woman stands up as an iconic
figure and she fulfils all her roles with ease. She is rooted to her traditions and at the same time,
It is a fact that every tradition has a great influence on the outfits worn by people across. The
humble Cheongsam, the traditional Chinese wedding dress is also one such outfit. Chinese brides
always get married in the quintessential Cheongsam or the modern Qipao. The entire design of this
outfit is deeply rooted in Chinese culture and traditions. The Cheongsams are made in silk or satin
brocade or even linen. The Wedding Cheongsam is woven in deep red and white colours with very
intricate and antique embroidery patterns, depicting the ancient Chinese heritage and culture. The
dragon and phoenix designs are predominantly seen woven all across the dress. It is a depiction of
the vibrant Chinese culture. In Chinese traditions and customs, certain colours like black, grey and
blue are avoided as they are associated with sorrow. Colours like red and white are the most
preferred as they are associated with love, prosperity and purity. The embroidery is done is gold and
the edges of the wedding dress are also gold trimmed. The base colour is always kept red as it
symbolises luck and prosperity. The Cheongsams are done very ornately and delicately. Here the
influence of the ancient Chinese culture is so clearly seen on the outfits worn by women.
The Oriental Wedding Cheongsam is a traditional dress that has its origins from the Manchu
nationality of China. It first made its appearance during the Qing Dynasty. The Manchu women
wore loosely fitted one piece dress called as the Qipao or the cheongsam.
This dress worn by the women underwent significant changes over the years. From being a loosely
fitted dress, it emerged as a figure accentuating dress, a clear indication of the western influence and
the influence of changing fashion trends. By the 1920’s the old fashioned Qipao was slowly being
replaced by the more modern versions of the Cheongsam, with variations in the design element like
having no collar, short length, sleeveless or even bell sleeves. Traditional cheongsams are known
for their mandarin collar, side slits, knotted buttons and an overall tailored fit.
Cheongsams and the modern business woman:
Of late, many diplomats and business women are seen wearing the Cheongsam, a symbol of
traditional culture in a modern society. There is an elegant charm to this beautiful dress worn by