I was recently featured as a guest blogger for Ms. Tameika L. Jones of A Perfect Setting Events based in New York. Here is the blog posting:
East Meets West: Cheongsam – The Chinese Wedding Dress
Posted on May 5, 2011 in Blog
Duchess Kate Middleton isn’t the first bride to start the trend of changing out of the wedding gown and into another gown for the evening. In fact, this has been a common practice of many Chinese brides who wear the Western traditional white wedding gown and then change into the timeless Cheongsam for the reception. The classic Chinese silk brocade fabric has always been a favourite in terms of fabric choice.
However, other Western fabrics such as embroidered and beaded chiffons, laces and prints have increased in Chinese fashion in recent years.
Here is a photo of a bride in a classic red silk brocade featuring the phoenix and dragon that signifies the everlasting union of the bride and groom. This rather fitted dress accentuates the curves of a woman’s figure. Given its clean design, it elongates one’s proportions as the eye is drawn vertically to the face. A custom made dress is the only way to ensure the perfect fit.
A quality Cheongsam must be fully lined and accessorized by amazing fabric frogs; intricate woven buttons. The dual fabric piping and dual frog closure is a more upscale and luxurious accent. And they should be in two colours. The height of the collar must be designed to flatter one’s jaw line. The height of the slit should show enough leg without being too risqué. The sleeve or armhole, depending on the style that is chosen, must be tailored to fit exactly so there’s no gaping of fabric.
Although this dress is predominantly worn by brides, there has been an increase trend for mothers, grandmothers and even bridesmaids to dawn this elegant style now. Some of the best designers of this gown still remain in China and I am happy to provide assistance in the production of your Chinese wedding dress.
Wendy Lee, our guest blogger, is a highly sought after wedding designer of Asian Fusion Weddings in Toronto, Canada. She will be making a special visit to New York City May 14th – 19th to show a collection of the most recent fabrics used for Cheongsams. Wendy will be available for limited design consultations and measurements on these dates. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity! Book your appointment TODAY at WeddingsByWendy@sympatico.ca.