Enjoy a buffet-style lunch featuring sesame chicken, broccoli beef, lo mein, and vegetable deluxe and finished off with dessert and tea. During lunch, members of Huntsville’s Chinese community will model traditional Chinese dresses known as qipaos.
Qipao (also known as cheongsam in Cantonese) is a one-piece Chinese dress that originated in 17th-century Manchu-ruled China when the chieftain Nurhachi established the banner system. The traditional dress that Manchu women wore became known as the qipao, or banner gown. The dress, made of silk with intricate embroidery, featured a high neck and straight skirt and covered all of a woman’s body except her head, hands, and toes.
Today’s qipaos are fashioned after the ones that became popular in Shanghai during the 1920s – a one-piece, form-fitting dress with a high slit on one or both sides.