In April 2018, Keziah, an 18-year-old student from the US, came under fire online after wearing a cheongsam for her prom event. Many online users came forward to accuse Keziah of cultural appropriation, claiming that the cheongsam was worn without fully understanding the significance behind it. But really, what’s the fuss about this?
As rightly pointed out by John Galliano, a Gibraltar-born British-Spanish fashion designer who was the head designer of French fashion companies Givenchy, Christian Dior, and his own label John Galliano, "The joy of dressing is an art." As such, we believe in embracing this form of art and have curated cheongsam styles everyone can wear.
1. Floral Classics
Classics never go out of style, do they? So take up the traditional designs with our Pink Mandarin Collar Cap Sleeves High Slit Cheongsam PRODUCT CODE: 13-00015 (as shown in the image above). If you prefer a shorter design, consider this sweet Light Pink Mandarin Collar Cap Sleeves Side Slit Floral Cheongsam PRODUCT CODE: 13-00017.
Floral cheongsams are gorgeous but why not embrace other printed designs? If you like stripes, you will adore our Blue Mandarin Collar Red Stripes Cheongsam PRODUCT CODE: 36-1976 (as shown in the image above) made with lace and cotton. Or opt for the abstract print with our Blue Mandarin Collar Cap Sleeves Abstract Square Print Cheongsam PRODUCT CODE: 36-2252.
3. Áo dài
Áo dài, a Vietnamese traditional garment, could very well be fused with the traditional Chinese cheongsam. Go for the simple but elegant looking Pastel Purple Mandarin Collar Ao Dai Cheongsam PRODUCT CODE: 35-7901 (as shown in the image above) or choose versatility with our 2-Pc Wine Red Mandarin Collar Elbow Sleeves Floral Print Ao Dai Cheongsam PRODUCT CODE: 35-8603.
4. Modern Cut
"The dress must follow the body of a woman, not the body following the shape of the dress." — Hubert de Givenchy
With that said, fusion has never been better with modern cuts. From hi-lo styles (as shown in the image above) to a-line designs, our wide range of cheongsam collection can definitely cater to your preferences! Need a little black dress? We’ve got you covered with this Black Mandarin Collar Cap Sleeves Lace Sequins A-Line Cheongsam PRODUCT CODE: 33-00016.
For ladies who prefer a better fit or looking for a design to accentuate your curves, the mermaid style would be a perfect option. Go full red with our Red Mandarin Collar Cap Sleeves Lace Floor Length Mermaid Cheongsam PRODUCT CODE: 06-QP358 (as shown in the image above), or opt for shorter hemlines with our Blue Cap Sleeves Floral Print Mermaid Cheongsam PRODUCT CODE: 36-1836.
To shop the full collection of cheongsams, head here: http://www.upstage.sg/category/cheongsam. Happy shopping and drop us a message if you need recommendations or assistance with your orders!