6.2.21
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Transformative Chic - The Everlasting Cheongsam Exhibition

Virtual Opening Ceremony

6.2.21
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6.18.21

Transformative Chic - The Everlasting Cheongsam Exhibition

Cheongsam Exhibition (Vancouver)

The Pendulum Gallery (HSBC Building)

6.2.21
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7.31.21

Transformative Chic - The Everlasting Cheongsam Exhibition

Cheongsam Exhibition (Toronto)

The Oval, Yorkville Village

6.5.21
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6.13.21

Transformative Chic - The Everlasting Cheongsam Exhibition

Online Talks and Workshops

Introduction

Cheongsam is one of the most fascinating Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) entities found in Hong Kong. Also known as “qipao”, cheongsam is originated from the traditional Manchu costume which was introduced to China nation-wide after the establishment of the Qing dynasty. Cheongsam has been modified over generations, and it is still evolving in Hong Kong in the good hands of different contemporary designers.

With the participation of 9 Hong Kong renowned designers, this exhibition serves as a window to give the viewers a glance of the unique charm and transformative nature of cheongsam – an ICH entity and a symbol of the culturally rich city of Hong Kong. It is also a showcase of the creativity of Hong Kong fashion designers who have revitalised this “timeless” cultural icon and make it relevant to the contemporary world. Not only has cheongsam survived the history, but has continued to become the trendy fashion of our daily life in Hong Kong and across the globe.

The 9 Hong Kong designers, namely Grace Choi, Janko Lam, Kenny Li, Mary Yu, Mountain Yam, Polly Ho, Ranee Kok, Blind by JW and Cantosoul (Jasmine Cheung) will showcase their endless inspirations of innovative designs cheongsams at the exhibitions.

Cheongsam Inspirations & Creativity

Just like any other thriving cultural heritage, cheongsam remains fluid, and has become the subject and source of new inspiration and creativity. Its three key elements – the mandarin collar, the flower button and the split – are unique features that can be used to create infinite mix-and-match combinations with fabrics such as Cantonese silk and other materials, giving cheongsam different styles and shapes that serve a wide spectrum of functions and occasions.

Photo credit: The Chinese Canadian Photographic Society of Toronto (CCPST)