Black cheongsam with floral motif

This is a black, sleeveless, ankle-length cheongsam decorated with large floral prints all over. The collar, sleeves, flap on the right bodice, and hems are lined with contrast black and white piping to serve as contrast. It is worn with a slip underneath the cheongsam. This piece belonged to Mdm. Low Suet Hing, who used to visit a Shanghainese tailor at Geylang to make her cheongsams. Shanghainese tailors were known for their workmanship in producing cheongsams of superior quality. Mdm. Low would personally select fabrics from High Street, Arab Street, and Queen Street in Singapore. Influenced by the Western style, Mdm. Low would complement her cheongsam with a small handbag, high heeled shoes and stockings.

Date/Period
1950s-1960s
Region
Singapore
Dimension
Object size: 130 x 44 cm
Accession No.
2004-00185
Collection of
National Museum of Singapore
Credit Line
Gift of Mdm. Low Suet Hing
Category
Garments and Accessories

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