You’re Chinese or your fiance’s Chinese or you simply love all things Chinese, the traditional Chinese wedding gown color. Instead of changing from a qipao (aka cheongsam) into a Western wedding dress, why not combine the two and wear a Chinese inspired wedding gown? Wearing traditional qipaos meant you had to go on a 6-month diet as the style hugs every part of your body and is unflattering even if you had a slight stomach. This way, you can keep the Chinese elements, mainly the mandarin collar, and customise the dress for your body shape. Give it a modern twist with a keyhole back or a sheer neckline. You’ll be one cultural and feminine bride.
A few things to keep in mind
A full-length qipao is customary for weddings. To be sure your tailor gets the right measurement, pick out your shoes first (and of course, don't forget to bring them with you to the seamstress!).
Modern qipaos are usually very narrow, so slits are cut into the skirt to allow for walking. Be sure to have your tailor take measurements for these as well, so that you are comfortable with the amount of leg that’s being revealed.
You'll need extra measurements if you plan to wear an especially fitted style. In the least, you’ll want to get your upper arm and collar circumferences measured. And, if you have chosen a style with a narrower skirt, your tailor may also ask for thigh and hip measurements as well.
Customizing fabric is only the beginning. Be sure to look at all of your options of collar, button or other closure, and trim styles you might want. You may have an heirloom in-the-making.