My constant readers already know that I love qipao. This summer I am going to visit my family in China and one of the things on my to-do list is to buy a new qipao.
But don’t think that I’m fixed on the idea of Chinese symbolism of this dress. Actually, while preparing the post for Chinese minority outfits (which will be published later), I was fascinated by the style of Korean national clothes and decided to include into my wardrobe the dress whose style was inspired by Korean motives.
So, here I come to the point of this post. There is no doubt that some dresses, even in their modern interpretations, have clear national character. You see qipao and think Chinese, while kimono is Japanese (so Japanese, that in nationalistic mob it evokes response, similar to instinctive reaction of bull to red color).
The question is whether people can wear and enjoy the national dresses of other ethnic groups? John who previously posted here the article about his qipao mission thinks that qipao is only good for Chinese women. On the other hand, my fellow blogger Jocelyn holds the different opinion.
In fact, there are many Western women (celebrities among them) who like qipao and wear them on different occasions. And just like with any style it can be a hit or a miss.
Look, for example, at the picture above featuring two Western actresses. By definition, qipao is a “body-hugging” dress and for that I see no better illustration than Anna Paquin (on the left) whose black outfit shows off all of her curves in the best light.
But one of the most beautiful actresses Liv Tyler (on the right) and the tailor-made Oscar de la Renta dress don’t seem to be a perfect match. I am definitely not the fashion critic, and this is just my personal opinion – feel free to disagree.
So, is qipao good for Western women? Well, let’s have some fun. Below you will find 8 pictures: 4 Chinese and 4 Western female celebrities wearing qipao and paired into couples. Of course, any comparison is subjective, but I tried to pair between the dresses having similar style.
After reviewing the pictures, cast your vote in the poll. Check the boxes in which qipao looks better on the Western celebrity.
For example, if you prefer qipao on Chen Hao, Celine Dion, Paris Hilton and Liu Yifei – then you have to check the second and the third boxes and leave the first and the fourth unchecked.
Note: there is no “draw”!!! If you leave the box unchecked – it means that you gave your vote to Chinese girl
Qipaoista Crystal Tao