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Far Eastern Opulence: The Cheongsam

Posted on February 27 2015

Beyond Retro’s tale of the Orient is an Opium-drenched collection which adds an authentic Far Eastern mystic to the modern wardrobe. Now this is one oh-so-slinky 90s trend which is yet reach ‘IT’ item status this side of the millennium. From Cheongsam-style jackets with richly detailed embroidery to kimonos emblazoned with traditional motifs, go vintage for a lavish dose of prints which hail from the other side of the world.

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Did you know? The traditional Cheongsam embodied the glamour of 1920s Shanghai and was worn by upper class socialites.

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Flashback! This isn’t the first time that fashion has indulged in Eastern fantasies and opulence. French designer Paul Poiret’s lampshade-look of the early 1900’s creation set aside traditional S-bend corsets and offered streamlined silhouettes in bright and brilliant hues; the designer brought a touch of the Orient to the Edwardian era, complete with jewelled slippers and cloche hats.

We've a stunning selection of vintage oriental pieces available in-store and online, here are just some of our faves spotted in our Cheshire Street store:

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Words by Hannah Wilkinson

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