LookS: Qipao Love ~ Part 3...my 1920s inspired Qipao look!
|The Mandarin collar has become a statement look of the Qipao.....|
|Add a broach to a cape for a little touch of sparkle.....|
|My elaborately beaded white purse, given to me by an old aunt many years ago...|
|At the Biscuit Ceramic Cafe in Greenwich, London.|
|Fortunately blessed by angels...at the Biscuit Ceramic Cafe in Greenwich, London.|
|Close up on my hair.....wave, pin-curls and knotted bun at the nape of my neck.|
|Reaching out at the cobbled path of old Greenwich Market, London.|
|The old Greenwich Market, London.|
|Old Greenwich Market, London.|
|Outside the gates of the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, London.|
|Behind the Cutty Sark...the last surviving tea clipper (Greenwich, London).|
|Old Greenwich Market square, London.|
|Greenwich University and the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, London.|
|Birds flying high...within the Old Royal Naval College and Greenwich University grounds (right by the River Thames), London.|
|Watching the sky...the Old Royal Naval College and Greenwich University grounds, London.|
So the next time you darlings visit London, please do consider spending an afternoon in Greenwich and visiting the Old Royal Naval College.....which I would definitely recommend as a London Hot-Spot! Hopefully my 1920s inspired Qipao look has managed to spark some ideas of how you might want to wear and style a Qipao (Cheongsam) of your own...especially if you are attending any Chinese New Year celebrations or wish to get your very first Qipao! Though my full length gold brocade Qipao has a little bit more in detail with the extra frogged knotted buttons on the side slits and colourful weave of bamboo as well as blossoms, it is very similar to many ready-made brocade Qipao dresses you can buy online or at a store...as I wanted to use a piece that was easily wearable and available to build a look that I hope I have managed to make my own. And of course, I could not have captured this look without the help of a brilliant photographer friend Timothy Ward...please do stop over at his blog or Facebook page when you get a moment as he has captured quite a few lovely photographs from dance to beautiful places in London!
It was really good to collaborate with another creative mind, as it is easy to forget how new perspectives or ideas can be discovered. Which is also why I am very excited to disclose that I am starting to plan my next vintage inspired Qipao look which will be part of the 'Qipao Love: All About Qipao' series of posts...taking inspiration from the style development of the Qipao through history as well as the recent SS13 runway...which I hope to bring to you before Chinese New Year! (Please don't forget if you need to get in touch or have questions, Walking In May's new e-mail address is: may[at]walkinginmay[dot]com) Hope you darlings have had a fabulous weekend and will have a lovely start to the week!
PS: Please click on the 'Qipao' or 'Qipao Love (All about Qipao)' LABEL below and on the right of the page, if you would like to catch up on other posts in the series or find out more about the Qipao (Cheongsam): www.walkinginmay.com/label/QiPao
|With a frosted pink nose, I smiled in my Qipao as the wind roared on.....the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, London.|