QUOTE (tongbao_vince @ Mar 28 2004, 01:51 AM)
Qipao.. which I believe, is a type of cheong sam.
I perfer the cheong sam to kimono because it is slimmer (makes the girl look sexier), made from fine quality silk, requires alot of skill to make, comes in a huge variety of designs and colors, is more practical (many women still wear it to formal events), is MUCH easier to wear :P and looks like it is more comfrtable to wear (than the clumsy wood shoes, pillows and belts that come with kimono).
Waw, that top one is very sekseh!
I think cheong sum fits asian women perfectly because it compliments their slim and elegant bodies. The tall collar accentuates the slender asian neck, the slim tailored fit, the slit *drool*, the diagonal chest buttons, very tradional yet is still popular due to it's timeless design.
Kimono on the other hand is less of a dress than it is a walking exhibit of japanese culture. So many of the japanese' traditions are embodied within the kimono. I'm no expert, perhaps Ogumo can help us with the components of a traditonal kimono and their significance.
I do know though, that the waist rope on a kimono is tied in a very complicated way, and some speculates that is where japanese rope bondage comes from.
I hope chinese chicks would wear them on sundays, instaed of just on weddings, that would be so cool!