Nostalgic Couture

Young people these days like to bring in their mother・s wedding qipao and get them refitted for themselves.
Michella, we・re in Taipei now, where are you taking me today?
Well, when you go to Malaysia, you have buy a sarong, and to Vietnam, you have to buy an ao dai?
Ah, I see where you are going with this. We gonna go shopping today, right?
Exactly, for qipao, which are traditional Chinese dresses, and we・re also going shopping for embroidered shoes.
OK then today I will be your consultant de la mode.
Quelle chance!
Hello Mr. Syu. I・d like to have a qipao made.
Sure. Where are you going to wear it?
If it・s for a more formal occasion, what kind of qipao should I wear?
More formal? It depends. You want a long one or a short one?
Qipaos are Shanghainese clothing, why was it so popular in Taiwan?
When the nationalist government moved to Taiwan, it brought a lot of people from China, and with them came qipao culture.
Well since I live in Taipei, he・s going to make me wait a month before I can get my dress. If you・re visiting, you can get yours sooner.
Well, that・s nice of him, to visitors at least.
Ah but it・s worth the wait. Meanwhile, let・s go look at shoes to go with the dress!
Today・s theme is not just :shopping,; it・s "shopping in Shanghai in the 1950・s!" Look at these shoes, and these slippers! They・re embroidered, it・s so artistic!
I know, aren・t they?
Are they made by hand?
This one was. This one with the bats. This was made (by hand) stitch by stitch.
But nowadays, most of them are made on sewing machines, so the artisans can crank out more to meet demand.
Everybody loves shopping, but what I really love is when you can really shop local, when you can help the community, and what really moved me was seeing that young apprentice in the qipao studio, or to see here that the owner are fourth generation, it gives you a sense that those art forms will live on.
Yeah, so you should come.
 
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