Circa 1930 Women's Gown (cheong sam)

Description
The donor, Virginia Lee, posed in a similar cheong sam for a US World War II poster and for the "Miss China" contest in New York. Also known as a qu pao, the Chinese traditional loose dress shape was modified by Western designers in the 1920's to be more close-fitting to accentuate a woman's figure. The altered dress form became broadly popular in the United States as evening wear in the late 1950's and 1960's.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
dress
Object Type
Dress
Woman
Main Dress
date made
ca 1930
user
Mead, Virginia Lee
maker
unknown
Physical Description
satin (overall material)
silk (overall material)
embroidered (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 51 cm x 116 cm; 20 3/32 in x 45 21/32 in
place made
China
worn
United States: New York, Manhattan, Chinatown
ID Number
1992.0620.16
catalog number
1992.0620.16
accession number
1992.0620
subject
Chinese American
Family & Social Life
Immigration
Immigrants
Cultures & Communities
Clothing & Accessories
Chinese American
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Home and Community Life: Costume
Chinese American
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of James Edgar Mead and Virginia Lee Mead
Publication title
Photograph, Portrait of Virginia Lee in a cheongsam dress
Publication author
Mead, Virginia Lee
Publication URL
http://collections.si.edu/search/results.jsp?view=&dsort=&date.slider=&q=AC0555-0000006.tif
Publication title
Lee Chinese -American Family Papers, ca. 1915-1970
Publication author
Mead, Virginia Lee
Publication URL
http://collections.si.edu/search/results.jsp?q=set_name:%22Lee+Chinese-American+Family+Papers%2C+ca.+1915-1970%22

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