|Jennifer Jones as Han Suyin ('Love is a many splendored thing' - 1955)|
'Love is a Many Splendored Thing' (1955)
Here is a video clip of the love story between mixed heritage doctor Han Suyin played by Jennifer Jones and Mark Elliot (by William Holden) that runs to the song 'Love is a Many Splendore Thing' [Youtube Link] ...one for my to-watch list as I am certainly intrigued by how it began the Qipao trend in the West!
|'Love is a Many Splendored Thing' (1955) - Source|
'Kong Zhong Xiao Jie' (Air Hostess - 1959)
|Air Hostess (1959) - Source|
*To watch 'Air Hostess' in full with English subtitles: www.viki.com/channels/12165-air-hostess
|Hong Kong Cinema production 'Kong Zhong Xiao Jie' (Air Hostess - 1959) with Grace Chang, Julie Yeh and So Fung|
'The world of Suzie Wong' (1960)
Scandalous in the sense that the main role Suzie Wong happens to be a prostitute who falls in love with a Westerner, but heart warming in the sense it was an old fashioned Cinderella love story and glamorous because of the array of beautifully fitted Qipao dresses worn by lead actress Nancy Kwan!
|'The World of Suzie Wong' (1960) - Source: www.ferdyonfilms.com/the-world-of-suzie-wong-1960|
|'The World of Suzie Wong' (1960) - Source|
'Raise the Red Lantern' (1991)
[Actress: Gong Li]
This was probably the first Zhang Yimou film I watched and the first time I saw the beautiful Gong Li on the television screen...but it is also a gripping film I have been unable to forget ever since. The story of a young girl who becomes a concubine in 1920s China and a film that explores the value of a female in traditional Chinese society...intense and not one for the faint hearted.
'Center Stage - Ruan Ying Lu' (1992)
|Famous 1920-30s Shanghai actress Ruan Ying Lu |
'In the Mood for Love' (2000)
[Actress: Maggie Cheung]
[Actresses: Carina Lau, Zhang Ziyi, Maggie Cheung and Gong Li]
Like watching fragments of memory and imagination mixed into the same slot...the characters weave their own life and desires into form. This is the aftermath of the unconsumated affair of 'In the Mood for Love', where the male lead Chow enters into three different relationships and later reveals a futuristic figment of his imagination...emotional, fun and illogical, but shot beautifully in the quirky Wong Kar-Wai way.
Lust, Caution (2007)
[Actress: Tang Wei]
Lead actress Tong Wei is transformed from a girl into a lady through a total of 27 different Qipao dresses in the film 'Lust, Caution' (2007). A wartime thriller with spies, missions, love, sex, loyalty and betrayal... contradictory and scandalous...but artfully directed by Ang Lee and winner of the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival.
[Actress: Gong Li]
'The Flowers of War' (2011)
[Actress: Ni Ni]
|The Flowers of War (2011) by Zhang Yi Mou.|
'Dangerous Liaison' (2012)
[Actresses: Zhang Ziyi and Cecilia Yip]
A remake of the 1782 French novel Les Liaisons Dangereuses, but this time the story is set in the decadent 1930s 'Paris of the East' that is Shanghai...definitely one on my to-watch list after all the beautiful costumes spotted in the photos as well as trailer, and the picture painted by the glorious reviews so far...
'The Grandmaster' (2013)
Having just been released in parts of the world, Wong Kar-Wai's 'Grandmaster' (2013) will be one to catch in the cinemas or on DVD with a male companion...as it continues to surprise box office figures and plans for festival appearances create a promising image. An action orientated film based on the life of Kung Fu (martial arts) master Ip Man during the 1930s to 1950s. Mixed reviews so far and claims that it is packed with stunning stunts but also visually pleasing Qipao dresses...an intriguing one to anticipate perhaps!
Apologies for another long post my lovely darlings and I hope you enjoyed it! We are drawing near to the end of the 'Qipao Love' series I am afraid and the next post will be the finale...but I can reveal that it will be a crafty post I promised for some time! Perhaps next year we will have a 'Qipao Love 2' series, but for now I must say a very big THANK YOU for all your loving support of the series so far! It has been a lovely journey to share with you and I really have loved hearing what you think about the Qipao series. As we have been encroaching into March I am looking forward to spring, and tonight I am heading to a special 'In-Salon Vintage Styling' event at the Painted Lady which I can't wait to tell you all about soon! Have a fabulous weekend my lovely darlings!
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|My 1920s inspired Qipao (Cheongsam) look...Part 3 of the 'Qipao Love' series!|