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COMPASS MAGAZINE June 2006

Fashion Collection

(04) 2326-2989
44, JingCheng Road
Hours: 12:30 pm-10:30 pm
Credit cards accepted.

---By Niang Chen Translated by Cara Steenstra

The Qi Pao (a.k.a. Cheongsam, traditional Chinese dress) gives off an air of elegance and shows off the body's curves. Although this historical dress may seem a little out of touch with the real world, the "Asian fever" that has gripped the world in recent years through TV and film has left many foreigners highly interested in this form of traditional Chinese clothing. Even the Chinese themselves have rekindled their love for the Qi Pao.

In the past, one might only see Qi Paos worn at more formal occasions such as weddings, banquets and other celebrations. Nowadays, with a huge variety of improved, creative designs about, people of all ages have been wearing them. Young people wear them with jeans in an eye-catching combination, allowing the Qi Pao to merge into everyday life. Through the aid of new technology, the Qi Pao is no longer restricted to those with perfect bodies, with new designs able to make bodies of all shapes and sizes look fabulous.

Prices vary according to the material used, with prices ranging between NT$2,000 and NT$4,000. Even if you opt for a custom-made dress, there are no extra charges for design or other sewing services. To provide for changes in body shape over the years, a couple of inches of spare material will be reserved when making the Qi Pao so that you can have it narrowed or widened as necessary, giving your dress added longevity and wearability. There are also lower-priced Qi Paos available for NT$390 to NT$980--a great option for those who have never tried out a Qi Pao but want to experience it.

If you can't find anything you like here, or you are thinking of buying something for overseas friends or family members, just pick the material you like, leave the required measurements required, and provide ideas about what you'd like. A professional team of Qi Pao makers will then custom-design something according to your wishes and have it delivered to your home.

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