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the difference between Ao Dai and Cheongsam/Qipao by lilsuika the difference between Ao Dai and Cheongsam/Qipao by lilsuika

A while ago I was asked about the construction of the Vietnamese Ao Dai and Chinese Cheongsam/Qipao. I had a few dresses at my disposal and figured it would be fun to do a compare and contrast. Due to the relatively small collection, I was only able to photograph a few samples (all tailored circa 2000s, except one I'm sure…). This basically just covers the “classic” tailoring styles of Ao Dai and Cheongsam/Qipao... which may or may not be followed by the latest fashion trends. 

NOTE: For simplicity’s sake, I primarily used the word Cheongsam (Cantonese) instead of Qípáo (Mandarin) because its wider use as an English loanword. 

I’m not a tailor or have any sewing ability whatsoever so please don’t ask me about patterns, darts, etc. ^^;

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sassanik Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
Thank you for the write up and explanation! 
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soVeryBad Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
so does anyone know the differences between a Cheongsam and a Kimono? (´ヘ`;)
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EstelleDusk Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, for one, a kimono is multi-layered and tends to be fastened shut by an obi (belt) and little else. And they look NOTHING alike. There's a short of V-neck high collar that dips to reveal the back of the neck. Sleeves are normally to the wrist and then the length of the fabric hanging was supposed to show whether a woman is married or nor. Of course these are for traditional kimono.
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soVeryBad Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014
oh, thanks, that was a little silly of me to confuse the two facepalm 
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EstelleDusk Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*pat pat pat* It's okay, for years, I thought all Asian outfits looked the same, then I found out it was only the underwear that was about the same
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Videom983 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
these are very useful do they come in poster form?
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Yagamiseven Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2014
I love this!
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Starrhia Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is such a useful source! Thanks for explaining the difference.
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ShanaMcEris Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014
Very informative and specific. This is really helpful for illustrations, designing, and sewing!!
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Peaniko Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Really? I always called it a Qpo and the first time I heard Cheongsam I was so confused, I had never heard them called that before! The more you know! Lovely clothes!
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