Couture Design : Qipao Design 2
“Woman in the Moon”
The Moon has been the subject of many works of art and literature and the inspiration for countless others. It is a motif in the visual arts, the performing arts, poetry, prose and music. In many prehistoric and ancient cultures, the Moon was thought to be a deity or other supernatural phenomenon, and astrological views of the Moon continue to be propagated today. The contrast between the brighter highlands and darker maria create the patterns seen by different cultures as the Man in the Moon, the rabbit and the buffalo, among others.
Moon gives the feeling of mystery and daintiness, which is similar to Chinese Qipao which makes people look elegant and graceful. The pattern cutting of the Qipao emphasizes women’s body shape and the slits at the side make women elegant and mystery when they are walking. In this Qipao, I designed to keep the significant hourglass shape in my Qipao, therefore, I believe as a designer we should keep the traditional elements but added contemporary element.
This Qipao named “Woman in the Moon”. The inspiration came from the contrast between the brighter highlands and darker maria create the patterns seen like the Woman in the Moon.
Description of Qipao
This Qipao is mainly used Paris velvet for shell fabric which is hourglass silhouette and ankle length. Short-sleeves and snap button at shoulder. Fine hand-stitch binding at collar, both sleeves and leg-cover slits. Side slits length to thigh which is a technique enabling the closure of both side-slits to subtly conceal the wearer’s legs when standing. Velvet fabric presented pureness of woman also represented the Moon. The pattern on the velvet looks like the shadow on the Moon.