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Toronto Chinese Wedding Planner goes to New York City for Cheongsams

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.

http://www.aperfectsettingevents.com/east-meets-west-cheongsam-the-chinese-wedding-dress/

Celebrities in Cheongsams

Celebs with Chic Cheongsam Style

Anna Paquin wore her black cheongsam with a mandarin collar, capped sleeves and zip with contrast piping detail by Alexander McQueen.  She styled her hair into a classic updo, and wore Jimmy Choo slingbacks to complete her chic look when she appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman.

Cameron in her super-flattering grey version, which she paired with Pierre Hardy blue heels at the Teen Choice Awards.

Anan Paquin and Cameron Diaz – image courtesy of www.allwomenpassiom.onsugar.com

Actress Nicole Kidman in the movie Australia – image courtesy of www.chineseclothing.org

Actress Nicole Kidman in the movie Australia – image courtesy of www.chicstories.com

Actress Kristin Dunce as MJ (Mary Jane Watson) in Spider Man I – image courtesy of  www.cosplay.com

Canadian Singer Celine Dion at the World Music Awards – image courtesy of www.hong-kong-actresses.blogspot.com

Canadian Singer Celine Dion at the World Music Awards – image courtesy of www.hong-kong-actresses.blogspot.com

Actress Gong Li in a Modern Cheongsam - image courtesy of www.hong-kong-actresses.blogspot.com

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Kate Moss in a Black Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.hipgirlie.com

Actress Kelly Preston with husband John Travolta – image courtesy of www.spadinashop.com

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Lead Actress Emma Watson in the series Harry Potter – image courtesy of www.spadinashop.com

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R&B singer Alicia Keys in a Cheongsam blouse and jeans – image courtesy of www.spadinashop.com

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Superstar Madonna – image courtesy of www.spadinashop.com

Actress Uma Thurman - image courtesy of www.yeschinatour.com

Heiress Paris Hilton – image courtesy of www.chinese-clothing.com

We hope that learning about the meaning of cheongsam colours has been truly inspiring as you seek out the perfect Chinese wedding dress to wear at your Asian Fusion, Asian Inspired or Asian themed wedding as an American Chinese or Canadian Chinese bride.

The Meaning of Cheongsam Colours – Black

Black – a symbol of being solemn.  Again, this is not likely a color for a Chinese American or Chinese Canadian bride to wear at her own wedding.  There seems to be a feeling of “heaviness” when one wears black.  It’s as if the sense of spirit cannot be free.  In China, it use to be a popular colour to dress young boys in.

Full Split Centre Front Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.goodorient.com

Colourful Black Background Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.aclubwear.com

Chiffon with Embroidery Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.nicleesher.com

Satin with Embroidery Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.women216.com

Red Cherry Blossom pattern with Black Background – image courtesy of www.oriental-fashion.co.uk

Edge Life Long Cheongsam with Chrysanthemums - image courtesy of www.security-ecpss.com

Golden Phoenix – image courtesy of www.eaststore.com

Butterfly Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.cheongsam-qipao.com

Sequined Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.justwoman.asiaone.com

Dragon and Phoenix Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.amazon.com

The Meaning of Cheongsam Colours – Gray/Grey/Silver

Gray, Grey and Silver – a symbol of humility.  This is one of those colours that many Asian brides probably does not wear at their own weddings.  The colour is not vibrant and “dull”.  There are actually not too many pictures of cheongsams or qi paos in this colour palette available on-line.  This might be one of those colours that your bridal party wears in an Asian fusion wedding because it seems so neutral that just about any colour can be paired with it.

Plain Grey Cheongsam with zipper closure – image courtesy of www.ioffer.com

Hand Painted with Gold Embroidery Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.dhgate.com

Grey with Black Accents Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.aliexpress.com

Dragon and Phoenix on Silver background – image courtesy of www.elite551.inmotionhosting.com

Muted Floral Print Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.cgi.ebay.com

Pin Stripe Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.chineseproducts.guidestobuy.com

Silver Bamboo Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.miraclecombine.com

The Meaning of Cheogsam Colours – White

White – symbolizes purity according to www.chinese-cheongsam-dress.com.  However this colour historically and in general usually represents death in the Chinese culture.  Yet, there seems to be some acceptance of Asian brides wearing white dresses these days as the culture is greatly influenced by the West.  We would still recommend that a Chinese American or Chinese Canadian bride who intends on wearing a pure white Cheongsam review this decision with their closest family members in order to prevent anyone from being offended or feel that the bride was being disrespectful of Chinese culture, heritage and customs.

Tone on Tone Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.goodorient.com

Tone on Tone Cherry Blossom Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.silk4you.com

Halter Design Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.elite551.inmotionhosting.com
Tone on Tone Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.chinesemoods.com
Plain White with Red Trim Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.fashiontrends8.blogspot.com
Hand Painted Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.nobodynofollow.com
S-curve design front Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.aliexpress.com
Red Piped Design Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.evescharm.com
Rose Accented Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.china-cart.com

Lotus Pattern Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.weddingdressidea.com

White Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.finechineseclothing.com

Peony Design Cheongsam -image courtesy of www.style-asia.com

The Meaning of Cheongsam Colours – Purple

Purple – Purple, light purple, Putao Zi, purple is a colour worn when you are born noble.  An elegant purple cheongsam has unique characteristics with many people fascinated by the mysteriousness of it.  With mysteriousness comes temptation by potential of  seduction.  Whether you interpret purple as mysterious, elegant, or solemn - purple can be the interpretation of a woman’s grace and elegance.  Although they often coin blue as “royal blue”, there is something just as regal with the colour purple.  Perhaps it was because it was simply a very difficult colour to achieve in the olden days when colour was extract from fruits, vegetables, plants and other vegetative life forms.  We may also be based because we simply love the purple and have used it in its various tones in hues in Chinese weddings. 

V-neckline Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.goodorient.com

Sheer Organza Overlay Cheongsam in Lilac – image courtesy of www.asianorientalclothes.com

Vintage Velvet Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.vintage70sclothing.com

Tone on Tone Velvet Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.security-ecpss.com

Purple Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.flickr.com

Dragon and Phoenix Pattern Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.sarstiuc.ro

Cherry Blossome Halter Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.finechineseclothing.com

Complete Right Side Openning Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.shoponline2011.com

Large Embroidered Gold Dragon Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.eaststore.com

Simple Cherry Blossom Design Cheongsam - image courtesy of www.weddingdresses-store.com

Collared Centre Opening Bamboo and Cherry Blossom Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.cheongsam-qipao.com

Triple Key Hole Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.goodorient.com

Floral and Phoenix Tail Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.shoponline2011.com

Floral and Phoenix Tail Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.chinadirectstore.com

The Meaning of Cheongsam Colours – Orange

Orange - a symbol of maturity and warmth.  For who study Feng Shui, orange represents Yang, earth, and is said to strengthen concentration, purpose and organization.  Not exactly the most romantical or colours but one of our favourites nonetheless.  We believe that it would be absolutely delightful to have a bridal party wear tones of oranges in an Asian Fusion, Asian Inspired or Asian themed wedding.

Poka Dots with Rhinestone Trimmed Collar – image courtesy of www.stylehive.com

Sweet Orange Coloured Floral Blossoms Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.minyodresses.com

Bright Tangerine Cheongsam with Turquoise Trim – image courtesy of www.finechineseclothing.com

Coral with Single Floral Design Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.wholesale.eaststore.com

Two Tone Orange Cheongsam – image courtse of www.wholesale.eaststore.com

Traditional Double-Fishes Silk Cheongsam

The Meaning of Cheongsam Colours – Blue

Blue – Blue, light blue, sky blue, periwinkle, sapphire blue, dark blue when worn by a woman can show the low-key, cold, and arrogant side. . . . Showing a different aura and mood, to creating an ever-changing style.  The blue overlay is to bring quiet, gentle feel in the wake of a termultuous environment.  This is likely one of the colours that we don’t often see at Chinese weddings worn by the bride.  Historically in the past, this was considered a funeral colour because it was worn by the deceased, the deceased grandchildren and the deceased great-grandchildren.

Short Sky Blue Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.goodorient.com

Navy Blue Cheongsam with A-line short skirt – image courtesy of www.chineseclothingonline.com

Navy blue with Dragon and Phoenix – image courtesy of www.ewis.no

Sea Blue Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.chinesedresses.co.uk

China Blue Cherry Blossom Cheongsam with opening on the left – image courtesy of www.finechineseclothing.com

Medium Blue Halter Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.cheongsam.us

Collared Centre Opening Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.Cheongsam-qipao.com

Sky Blue with Peonies in a Basket Design Cheongsam – image courtesy of  www.goodorient.com

Navy Blue with Dragon Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.elite551.inmotionhosting.com

Sea Blue Gold Embroidery on Organza Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.asian-culture-shop.com

Sky Blue with Full Left Side Opening Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.chinese-cheongsam-shop.com

Hand Painted Floral Motif Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.yunqipao.com

The Meaning of Cheongsam Colours – Green

Green – fresh light green, tea green, pea green, grass green, lemon green, verdant, elegant pagoda tree green, noble malachite green, dark green. . . when wearing a green cheongsam, the woman’s mind was said to be of spring-like gorgeous embellishment.  With so many different colours to choose from and only 3 blog entries into the meaning of Cheogsam colours – are you getting the itch to wear more than one cheongsam yet at your Asian Fusion, Asian Inspired or Asian themed wedding yet?

Green Cherry Blossom Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.shoponline2011.com

Teal Green Cheeongsam – image courtesy of www.oriental-fashion.co.uk

Hand Painted Silk Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.cheongsam.us

Limey Green Lace Overlay Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.aliexpress.com

Teal Green Halter Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.oriental-fashion.co.uk

Muted Olive Green Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.cheongsam.hk

Lime Green Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.thisnext.com

Dark Forest Green Cheongsam – image couresty of www.shoponline2011.com

The Meaning of Cheongsam Colours – Golden Yellow

Yellow - light yellow, shades yellow means being splendid, noble, and to glow with bright light.  Yellow cheongsam can represent a more luxurious, graceful emanating into the ambiance.  Gold tones are another prominent colour featured in Chinese weddings.

Bright Yellow Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.chinese-clothing.com

Pale Yellow Halter Cheongsam - image courtesy of www.timothyvoon.com

Yellow Cheongsam with Gold Peonies – image courtesy of www.cheongsam.hk

Sleevesless Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.dhgate.com

Pale Gold Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.shoponline2011.com

Gold Tone on Tone Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.elite551.inmotionhosting.com

Long Sleeve Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.stylehive.com

Gold Cherry Blossom Cheongsam – image courtesy of www.finechineseclothing.com

As you begin to see more colours, textures and patterns available in the fabrics – we hope that this will really get your creative juices in deciding which style of dress you’ll wear at your American Chinese or Canadian Chinese wedding.