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A formfitting dress with a high collar and usually long, slit skirt, traditionally worn by Chinese women. Also called qipao.

[Cantonese ceong4 saam1, long gown : ceong4, long (from Middle Chinese trɦiaŋ; also the source of Mandarin cháng) : saam1, gown (from Middle Chinese ʂa⋮m; also the source of Mandarin shān).]


(Clothing & Fashion) a straight dress, usually of silk or cotton, with a stand-up collar and a slit in one side of the skirt, worn by Chinese women
[from Chinese (Cantonese), variant of Mandarin ch'ang shan long jacket]



a knee-length dress with a mandarin collar and slit skirt, worn in East Asia.
[1955–60; < Chinese dial. (Guangdong) chèuhngsāam < Chinese chángshān literally, long dress]


A Chinese women’s dress with a slit skirt and a high, stiff collar.
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The interlocking of traditional Chinese cheongsam buttons and Western buttons is creative and elegant, symbolising the East-meets-West characteristics of Hong Kong.
Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight Village, Wirral, 0151 478 4136 - Sun, 25 Feb Chinese Dance Celebrate Chinese New Year with a traditional dance performance and cheongsam show by the Wirral Chinese Association (a cheongsam is a straight, silk dress with a high neck).
For example, Mandarin collars of dresses can be snapped on or off, turning a cheongsam into a cocktail dress and back into a cheongsam as and when needed.
Natori's cheongsam with intricate embroidery is a classic example.
With a Chanel gown here; two saris there; espadrilles and two beautiful Chinese cheongsam dresses elsewhere,"Items" mediates between high and low, East and West, couture and common.
The cheongsam, or Qipao in Chinese, evolved from a style of ancient clothing worn by the Manchu ethnic minority.
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It is perhaps not a coincidence that the "About the Author" page includes a picture of Wang posing with self-possession in a fashionably-designed cheongsam.
One of such instances is that a Shaoxing woman considers the madwoman poorly dressed, "[i]t looks more like you were worried your cheongsam might go mouldy in its chest, so you thought you'd come here to show yourself off.
In the second episode, 'Jessica', the eponymous aspiring actor auditions for a role as a 'student/lawyer/prostitute' and later works, dressed in cheongsam, handing out wasabi peas on the footpath.
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