Reinvented Cheongsam inspired by Tong Tong

February 19, 2010 at 11:18 am | Posted in Miss G: Outfits | 8 Comments
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The Cheongsam (Qipao) is a traditional body-hugging one-piece dress worn by Chinese women. The typical cheongsam is characterised as form-fitting, accentuating the womanly figure. The mandarin collar shows off the slim neck, the snug fit at the arms, waist and hip shows off the curves of the women. Not to forget, the slits of the cheongsam expose a woman’s legs indistinctly when she walks.

In today’s not-so-perfect world, I have to credit Tong Tong for introducing the reinvented cheongsam, that makes cheongsam very wearable for all shapes and sizes. With that in mind, I trooped all the way to Shanghai’s Fabric Market (at Lu Jia Bang Lu) and tailor-made a dress like Tong Tong’s.

Dress: Tailor-made in Shanghai| Rose earrings: Shanghai| Bow clutch: ASOS| Patented sandals: Nine West

The fabric is satin with white stitchings. Workmanship was fantastic that I regretted not making more dresses!

I love how this dress is suitable for both work and play. It is comfortable, less restrictive and relevant without losing its traditional touch.

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  1. Hi,

    How much did you make this dress for? It is gorgeous!! Love the cut very flattering on you! 😀

    By the way, which tailor to go to at Lu Jia Bang Lu for tailor-making and how many days do they need to make?


    • It was <S$80. I went to store number 339 at the Fabric Market. There are so many there so just go to one that have the skills (based on what they have on display) and the fabric you like.

      You usually need to make a trip there twice. I suggest that you go there on the first day of your trip, so that you can go and collect towards the end of your trip there. Usually about 2-3 days, but some tailors are able to do rush jobs too.

  2. oh you looked so darling in this number, Miss Glitzy! now i wish i’d done that when i was in SH 2 years back…

    • thanks babe! go there again! i only made 1 dress there. should have made a few at one go and last through several CNYs! :p

      • Thanks you. $80 is pretty reasonable for good workmanship and good material! 😀

  3. It looks so pretty 😀 And very contemporary 😀 Love the clutch BTW =]

  4. 🙂 I am glad to hear that more and more ladies are donning the cheongsam!It should be a perennial wear rather just reserved for the night. Please do check out my collection in ” In the mood for love ” for more of such dresses.

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