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Chinese Qipao

Chinese Qipao

One-Hour HD Documentary (2020)

Shanghai socialites in the 1920’s and 30’s made the body hugging qipao and cheongsam dresses famous. Today, they are still a part of Chinese fashion houses who combine both tradition and contemporary artistry in their couture and casual designs.

Colleen Quen, a couturier and artist living in San Francisco, and fashion designer Arkadiy Polezhaev from San Jose, California travel to Shanghai, China to discover how this fashion staple is more than just a dress. From the traditional bridal qipao with exquisite embroidery and buttons to modern casual designs, they discover the history, culture and story behind each piece and how they’re made.

Along the way they visit the historical Paramount ballroom, eat at the infamous Canton Table and discover the metamorphosis of the silkworm. They meet designers who utilize modern technology in their bold designs to those who collect historical robes that influence their design process.

What designer gave up her BMW X5 in order to obtain a 250 year old treasure? Discover this and more as the qipao journey begins.

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To request Chinese Qipao contact the TV Programmer at your local PBS station.

ALASKA
KUACDT Fairbanks, AK 9/7/2020
9/8/2020
9:00 pm
3:00 am

 

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One-Hour HD Documentary (2020)

Shanghai socialites in the 1920’s and 30’s made the body hugging qipao and cheongsam dresses famous. Today, they are still a part of Chinese fashion houses who combine both tradition and contemporary artistry in their couture and casual designs.

Colleen Quen, a couturier and artist living in San Francisco, and fashion designer Arkadiy Polezhaev from San Jose, California travel to Shanghai, China to discover how this fashion staple is more than just a dress. From the traditional bridal qipao with exquisite embroidery and buttons to modern casual designs, they discover the history, culture and story behind each piece and how they’re made.

Along the way they visit the historical Paramount ballroom, eat at the infamous Canton Table and discover the metamorphosis of the silkworm. They meet designers who utilize modern technology in their bold designs to those who collect historical robes that influence their design process.

What designer gave up her BMW X5 in order to obtain a 250 year old treasure? Discover this and more as the qipao journey begins.

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Check your local listings for current schedules.

 

To request Chinese Qipao contact the TV Programmer at your local PBS station.

ALASKA
KUACDT Fairbanks, AK 9/7/2020
9/8/2020
9:00 pm
3:00 am
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