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Men’s Cheongsam: History, Culture and Craft

By Brenda Li

The classic form and traditional craft of men’s cheongsam are critically endangered. Despite the inscription of traditional cheongsam-making technique on the National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of China, we still need to race against time to have the classic form, craft and dressing rules of men’s cheongsam comprehensively researched, documented, preserved, inherited and promoted if salvage and active inheritance are to be attained. The public is welcome to download this book and partake in the salvaging and safeguarding of this critically endangered gem of Chinese culture.

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男裝長衫:歷史文化與工藝
李惠玲

About the Author

Brenda Li holds a BA degree in Chinese literature and history from the University of Hong Kong and DPhil and MPhil degrees in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies from the University of Oxford. She is a multi-disciplinary scholar: Tibetologist and author of Tibet-related books; Project-Based Researcher, Translator and Editor of the Hong Kong Museum of History (HKMH) and Hong Kong Heritage Museum (HKHM); Coordinator and Instructor of the Certificate Course in Cheongsam Design and Production at the HKU SPACE; Researcher of the HKMH 2013 exhibition “A Century of Fashion: Hong Kong Cheongsam Story” and their 2018 Men’s Cheongsam Research Project; appointed by the Intangible Cultural Heritage Office (ICHO) in 2019 to write a brochure recording their male cheongsam-making course launched in association with the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THE-i); Advisor of Hong Kong Cheongsam Association. Dr Li has been very keen on producing homemade clothes since her girlhood. She makes male and female cheongsams for research and demonstration purposes and has dedicated to promoting cheongsam culture and the transmission of cheongsam-making skill in recent years.

Brenda’s Wearable Art

Chapter Intro

Chapter 1: Historical Perspective

Every culture has its origins and so does sartorial culture. To understand the development of men’s cheongsam over the past century, history is the starting point.

第一章 探源篇

Chapter 2: Classic Elegance

Despite losing popularity after the mid-1950s, men’s cheongsam never loses its privileged identity and has since become a symbol of status. Whatever the cause, lacking the luck to prevail or due to an inexplicable power of self-preservation, its classic form, cut and crafting technique seem to have been locked in freeze frame in the 1950s and remain well-preserved today.

第二章 經典篇

Chapter 3: Deconstructing Men’s Cheongsam

The structure, form and tailoring technique of men’s cheongsam must be comprehensively researched, documented, preserved and promoted if active inheritance is to be attained.

第三章 解構篇

Chapter 4: The Art of Wearing Men’s Cheongsam

Safeguarding men’s classic cheongsam without knowing the rules of wearing it is like having forged a sublime sword but the sword manual is missing. Without the manual, the sword will never be able to manifest its true strength.

第四章 穿衣篇

Men’s Cheongsam: History, Culture and Craft

By Brenda Li

The classic form and traditional craft of men’s cheongsam are critically endangered. Despite the inscription of traditional cheongsam-making technique on the National List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of China, we still need to race against time to have the classic form, craft and dressing rules of men’s cheongsam comprehensively researched, documented, preserved, inherited and promoted if salvage and active inheritance are to be attained. The public is welcome to download this book and partake in the salvaging and safeguarding of this critically endangered gem of Chinese culture.

Download e-Book PDF (26.8MB):

男裝長衫:歷史文化與工藝