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Qipao LoveR No.4 ~ Singapore's Cheongsam lover Maria from 'Petulant Child'...

Happy Chinese New Year of the Goat 2015! Wishing you darlings a lovely festive period, plus most importantly a very good year filled with blessing of love, realising dreams and being happy in being you. Starting the new year with a post on a Singapore blogger known to love and collect the Cheongsam too...the lovely Maria from 'Petulant Child' is Cheongsam LoveR Number 4 in this series. Maria has written down her thoughts on many of the Cheongsam shops as well as styles in Singapore, and has a depth of knowledge on the local places to find a Cheongsam. She has also been interviewed by premium video network and online tv SPH Razor, you can watch her in action with her Cheongsam in the video below:

1. What does body positivity or confidence mean to you, especially when it comes to the Cheongsam?
Maria's 'In the Mood for Love' style.....
A: It means I look good in the cloth (or cheongsam in this case) because it fits my physique well. And because I know I look good,.it give me a sense of confidence.

2. What would be your perfect Cheongsam or Qipao and why?
A: It is one which flatters the physique, showing off the assets and hiding the flaws of the body.

3. What is your favourite memory of the Qipao or Cheongsam and why?
A: Many years ago, my workplace was close to Kang's boutique, a bespoke cheongsam tailor, and I always took the chance to check out the cheongsams at the window display. It was like the opening scene of "Breakfast at Tiffany" where Audrey Hepburn's character stood in front of the Tiffany store display. When I finally walked into the boutique to have my wedding cheongsam made, Gary, the tailor, recognized me straight away. I was really excited because I was getting my dream dress made, from selecting the fabric (embroidered) to following the 1930s  design, complete with fabric buttons all along the right side and the high collar. It was an amazing feeling  when I wore that cheongsam for the wedding dinner. Since then I had only wore it one other time. But to me it is an heirloom, and I have recently realized that what I paid then was a bargain to what would have cost if I approach Gary now.

4. How would you like the Cheongsam or Qipao to be remembered by the next generation?
A: A classic dress that never goes out of style, because it is always being reinvented.

Knowing how feelings of self-doubt can appear from time to time in my own life, and seeing how the Qipao (Cheongsam) successfully overcomes certain internal doubts from the way I look or my body every time it is worn....I am proof that this special dress can work within towards accepting oneself and gathering confidence to face the toils ahead. Is it not a miraculous little dress? Most distinctive and having hundreds of years of history as well as evolution....the Qipao certainly gives me a sense of liberation....almost like being able to be the best of myself without fear. It is also the reason why I decided to start the "Cheongsam Confidence" campaign, I hope it will be able to help others to try the Cheongsam if it is an alien concept, to wear the Qipao with meaning this new year, to start something new within themselves towards positive body confidence, and to fall in love with the Cheongsam once again if you happen to be an ardent lover. So don't be shy in joining us for #CheongsamConfidence today.....because today is the day! My chosen Qipao and style for #CheongsamConfidence, that I will work at the Franklin Tree vintage stall, shall be revealed very soon. Lastly but not least a little new year's video message from 'Walking in May':

Until the next time,
May xx
PS: If you caught my interview on Malaysia's television Hypp TV (Channel 420 on the 'Capital Today' programme), please feel free to drop me a line and share your thoughts. Hope it was an enjoyable Chinese New Year special!
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  1. Happy New Year to you too! What a lovely little video message, nice to put a voice to your face! We did indeed have some lovely home-cooked Chinese style food last night, it was quite a feast. x

  2. Gung Hay Fat Choy! I hope you have a wonderful and prosperous New Year my dear!! This is my Chinese New Year I have realised as I was born in the right year, so I am excited!! This is a wonderful interview, I loved the video too :))) So beautiful :)) I hope you enjoy the celebrations my dear Xxx

  3. Hope you had a wonderful CNY celebration overseas. Happy Chap Goh Meh!

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka


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