Friday, May 3, 2013

Friday Photo Swoon – Beijing Beauty

vintage photo of Chinese woman in Cheongsam qipao dress
{Image via Smitten Kitten on Pinterest}
This classic beauty is kicking off an Eastern inspired weekend for me. She is just the first lovely intro into a fun Saturday Shop Talk and Sunday Snag, so stay tuned! 

Judging by the furnishings and her outfit/style, I would say this photograph was shot in the late 1950's to early 1960's. The dress style is a cheongsam or form fitting Chinese dress that altered a bit as it moved West and became popular here. Come back on Sunday for a fuller description of this style and its history. 

Don't you just love her elegant look? The floral sateen of her dress softens the quite masculine decor she's photographed in. I also particularly like the tiny fan like detail at the neck clasp of the dress that accents her face and bobbed haircut. 

Last Week's Photo Swoon:

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