Chinese traditional Tang Dynasty Costume

Tang Costume, Cheongsam, Costume in Tang Dynasty

The brief introduction of costume in Tang dynasty (618-907)

Women's dress and personal adornments of the Tang Dynasty are outstanding in China's history. Women's clothing is a leader in historical costumes, clothing texture known as selection of natural and graceful and bold, magnificent and elegant dress- up accessories. Though its shape is still a continuation of the Han Sui legacy, it is in a class by itself, having been affected by the impact of the Northern minorities Xianbei, as well as by the Western Regions.
Three main categories

Weimao(帏帽) Ruqun(襦裙)


Ruqun dated from Pre-Qin Dynasty. It was the most popular in the Tang Dynasty. Ruqun is a kind of clothes that had a short jacket, a long dress and a shawl.

The general features of women's costume in Tang dynasty:
1) topless(上空装,袒胸装)
2)exposed arm
4)large sleeves
5)long skirt dress
All of these make it deserve
the most typical open clothing
style. The clothing materials are
exquisite, the structure is
natural, graceful and elegant,
and adornments are splendid.

The open clothing style and its softness and lightness make the women's costume in Tang dynasty so unique and distinctive.

The national power of the High Tang was strong. The trades and cultural exchanges with Korea, Vietnam, Japan, Persia波斯 and other countries gradually became frequent, and they mutually dispatched派遣 emissaries and accepted students of other countries. In this way, a special open and romantic style of dress and personal adornments was formed.

How does costume in Tang Dynasty come into being?

First, in Chinese history, the Tang Dynasty (AD618-907) was a period of unity and prosperity when the polity and economy were highly developed.
Second, Based on the progress made in silk reeling and dyeing techniques, the variety, quality and quantity of textile materials reached an unprecedented height.
Third, The Tang government was tolerant, and often appreciative of religions, art and culture from the outside world.

As an important cultural element, woman's costume in various forms in the Tang Dynasty well illustrates the open-mindedness and affluence during that period.
Ruqun is made up of the top jacket and long gown and a skirt on the bottom. The Tang women inherited this traditional style and developed it further, opening up the collar as far as exposing the cleavage between the breasts. This was unheard of and unimaginable in the previous dynasties, in which women had to cover their entire body according to the Confucian classics

Will you accept your girlfriends/ yourselves dressing very open?
From ancient times, the relationship between dress and woman is like greenery and flower. The dress can foil the femininity and temperament of woman and set women's figure off to advantage.
Through the dress, the charm of woman is surely manifestinating.

The Cheongsam definition

The Qi Pao or Chi-Pao, also known as the cheongsam or mandarin gown.
A body-hugging one-piece.Chinese dress;
The English vocabulary cheongsam comes from the Cantonese.
It is known in Mandarin Chinese as the qípáo in Beijing and Shanghai.

Why call Qipao china dress
Qipao, which is famous with its harmony and unity, is known as the representative of the Chinese dress culture.
It shows the elegant temperament of Chinese women, demonstrates the culture and virtues of our nation.
It creates an impression of simplicity and quiet, charm, elegance and neatness.. It's a magnificent rainbow of the human culture.

The evolution

The modern version, which is now recognized popularly in China as the "standard" qipao, was first developed in Shanghai in the 1920s
The styles of Qipao, long sleeves, short sleeves and sleeveless

Various Jin


Representative figures

Eileen Chang (1920-1995)
A well-known writer,who was addicted to cheongsam
Life is a colorful gown, covered with lice.

First lady of Republic of China.宋美龄
She owns the most number of qipao all over the world.

Charm of oriental women
In the film 《In the Mood for Love》(似水年华),Maggie Cheung (张曼玉)change more than 23 sets of qipao, after the movie release, It set off a rush of “cheongsam
Can't it arouse our deeply thinking about the cultural change of cheongsam?

Cheongsam in modern times
Today, with its variety of styles, the cheongsam shows its charm in many markets. It combines the elaborate elegance of Chinese traditional with unique elements of style.

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