Cheongsam, also known as a qipao, is a distinctively traditional Chinese dress originating from the Manchu people of the Qing Dynasty in the early 17th century. It has evolved through the ages and is still used in contemporary Asian female fashion that is created to uniquely emphasize feminine features while preserving its cultural authenticity.

When westerners think of Chinese fashion, the "cheongsam" is the type of dress that most frequently comes to mind. The traditional one-piece, form-fitting dress is either made of silk, brocade, velvet or fabric and is the obsession of every Chinese woman.

But a "qipao" chooses its wearer. Only when the body goes well with the clothing will the dress come to life and speak for the person wearing it.

Take a look at China's notable stars dressed in gorgeously vying Cheongsams and see who looks the best.

 

Li Xiaoran

Chen Shu

Chen Hao
Maggie Cheung
'In the Mood for Love' by Wong Kar-wai of a Shanghainese community in Hong Kong is notable for its use of a variety of cheongsams worn by female lead Maggie Cheung. Maggie had the chance to enjoy wearing 23 beautiful and fashionable qipaos in the movie.
Tang Wei
In the Golden Lion-winning film "Lust, Caution" by director Ang Lee, the female lead Tang Wei has worn 27 vintage qipaos in different colors and styles.
In Memory
 
Foreign Celebrities in Cheongsam
Rarely Seen
Far Fewer Weird Looks