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This is the Chinese qipao (旗袍)/cheongsam (長衫). The dress is of Manchu (满族, an ethnic minority in China) origin, and got its sexy modern twist in 1920-30s by the Shanghai socialites. The original cheongsam was baggy and worn with trousers, while the modern version is tight fitting with a high side cut. It’s modern transformation served as a symbol of revolution as Chinese women began embracing more modern ideals of gender equality and sexual liberation after the Qing dynasty was overthrown.

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