Chinese Clothing

Singers bring rock and roll sensibility to Leonard fashion show

Parisian fashion brand Leonard invited singers Kary Ng Yu-fei and Josie Ho Chiu-yee to guest-model its autumn-winter collection at the Island Tang restaurant in Central.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 11:07pm

A storied silhouette

For decades, one of Hong Kong's most ubiquitous sights was the cheongsam. Visitors to Hong Kong - especially male visitors of a certain age - still expect to see local women clad in figure-hugging Chinese dresses. But like bat-winged junks on the harbour, safari suits and rickshaws, the trademark cheong-sam has largely vanished.

8 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Session to double as fashion showcase

The annual session of the National People's Congress, which opens today, will be a stage for some deputies to show off their beauty and elegance to hundreds of media cameras.

5 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Ouch! The dresses that would deter the most enthusiastic of models go on display

The Louis Vuitton Mansion in Canton Road has stocked up on 'dresses' that not even the most diligent model would want to slip into.

The garments - made of stainless steel, copper, shredded paper and used T-shirts - are part of 'The Art of Dress' exhibition, which opened on Friday and is curated by art consultant Jonathan Thomson.

14 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Wearing a bit of history

The cheongsam is a legendary fashion article, which highlights the feminine physique of its wearer.

Several schools have adopted the cheongsam as their uniform.

Originally, the cheongsam was the male version of a traditional clothing item that the Manchus popularised throughout the rest of China during the Qing Dynasty.

29 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

American dream

Vivienne Tam is one of fashion's most successful designers, boasting an empire that ranges from clothing, shoes and accessories to computers and a yoga line. It's hard to believe there was a time when the aspiring young designer struggled to find an audience in Hong Kong.

9 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Hang by a thread

Cheongsam maker Lau On-hing has been using the same sewing machine for the past half-century and he has no intention of changing it. It's not nostalgia that prevents him, but a rather practical reason.

'The new ones sew too fast. You can't rush to make a cheongsam. It is too delicate. You can't risk missing a single thread,' says Lau.

29 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Where to go

Tailor Chau Chung-lung works from his own home, taking only limited orders. Appointments can be made on request, tel: 9628 6967. Prices start from HK$2,000 for a basic style and dresses take two to three weeks to make.

New King's Fabrics Company, Room 308, Yip Fung Building, 18 D'Aguilar Street, Central,

29 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

On style, she rules

I have trouble finding comfortable clothes to wear in the cooler weather as my whole family shares an embarrassing ailment - we get bumpy rashes on our bottoms if we wear stockings, regardless of the quality. What to do?

Cold Feet, Central

27 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

A perfect fit

He showed up in class only once every two weeks and dropped out in Form Two. He used to be a bully and a marijuana addict, and made a living as a salesman and working in restaurants and kitchens.

18 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Paying homage to the iconic qipao

It has testified to historical epochs, set stylistic standards and helped define a nation.

A quintessentially Chinese costume, which embodies a unique culture's sartorial finesse, the qipao was once the perfect example of haute couture - and remains perennially in vogue as a traditional fashion item.

23 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

How a dress became a cultural symbol

During the Qing dynasty in the 17th century, women of the Manchu 'Banner People' popularised a loosely fitting one-piece dress known as the qipao (banner quilt), whose simple utilitarian design traced its origins to a nomadic lifestyle.

23 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Helping Han costumes make elegant comeback

In an unassuming ground-floor shop in an obscure neighbourhood in the northwest of Beijing, Shangdong -native Kang Zhaoxiang, 58, has been making traditional Han costumes since 2002 for a growing circle of customers who find such costumes fashionable, and even necessary in a fast-changing China.

18 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Chef unveils skills with cloth as 'unisex' collection hits catwalk

He can fashion some fine Chinese dishes, but can Calvin Yeung Ka-wang dish up some fine Chinese fashion? The ultra-creative chef and former Aqua Group partner has now decided to dabble in clothes design too, with his first fashion show last Thursday.

28 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Students spice up graduation photos

As graduation nears university students are taking photos to remember their time. A group of advertising majors from Guangzhou University decided to add flavour to their graduation pictures by dressing up in traditional Chinese costume.

Girls were dressed in flowery qipao carrying matching silk fans while boys wore traditional gold and black Chinese suits.

19 May 2009 - 12:00am