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Qipao Love: Part 7 ~ When Qipao clad Nancy Kwan became the iconic 60s siren!

Following my 1950s inspired Batik Qipao look in Part 6, I thought I should follow the thread onwards to uncover a little about the Qipao in the 1960s in Part 7 of the 'Qipao Love' series...which has quite a bit to do with an iconic Hollywood siren! Nancy Kwan is probably best known for 'The World of Suzie Wong' (1960) ...which actually began her accidental career as an actress, propelled her to iconic sex siren Hollywood platform, offered her up to a Golden Globe nomination and nicknamed the 'Chinese Bardot' of the 60s. But what some may not know or have forgotten is the simple reason why Suzie Wong is dressed almost entirely in figure fitting Qipao (Cheongsam) dresses in the film. Since 1950s to 1960s Hong Kong was the height of popularity for the Qipao, she became one of the most chosen garments for many famous actresses and singers who led a frenzy of fashion-ability...in other words, most girls took to wearing a Qipao daily in a wish to be as beautiful and…

LookS: 'Qipao Love' Part 6 ~ In the Mood for Qipao...with a Batik 50s twist!

Think Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, Jackie Kennedy or even a young Queen Elizabeth II meeting Anna May Wong...and you might know where I am going with this look...with some vital inspiration from the movie 'In the Mood for Love' of course. In fact, this is actually the first time I attempted a proper bouffant...though I was weary of creating an exact copycat look of the beautiful Maggie Cheung in the movie and almost went for a beehive instead when planning the look...I am glad I opted for the bouffant in the end even with the early 6am wake. And yes...we are indeed talking about hair! There is a fine line between the bouffant and the beehive as both hairstyles involve teasing the hair to a height...but to me the bouffant is more girlishly playful with the allowance of curls, waves or pin-curls to put the spotlight on to an understated dome-like volume of hair, whilst the beehive is a straight-lined or cut to the chase overly raised hill-like height crowning the top of the he…