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The Daily Book of Art by David Schmidt, Rebecca J Razo, Elizabeth T. Gilbert, Amy Runyen, Sharon Robinson, Gabriel Guzman, Dylan Gilbert, Colin Gilbert

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image DAY 187 ART AROUND THE WORLD

Cheongsam

FASHION, POLITICS, AND CULTURE SEWN TOGETHER

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Who could have imagined that a dress could repeatedly influence political and cultural agendas of a country? Women have been wearing the traditional long, flowing dress called a cheongsam, or “Mandarin dress,” for more than 500 years in China. The modern cheongsam is a contemporary version of the qipao worn by members of the Qing Dynasty, who ruled China from the 17th to 19th centuries. The original version was wide and loose fitting, covering the majority ...

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