MATCHA: The Shanghai Dress | Thurs, June 3, 2010
MATCHA: The Shanghai Dress

Inspired by the stylish, sophisticated form-fitting qipao dress that emerged in 1920s Shanghai, this MATCHA showcases the work of designer and entrepenuer Jane Zhu. Born in Shanghai and uprooted to Palo Alto, Cambridge, New York, Paris, Singapore, and finally back to Shanghai again, Zhuhas studied the ever-rarer art of qipao patternmaking and construction from various master tailors.

Celebrated in Shanghai and New York for her contemporary, made-to-order luxury qipao, Zhu hasbeen featured in Vogue, Elle China, Harper's Bazaar China, Newsweek, and more. She will share her designs and give a talk on the history and craftsmanship of these iconic, surprisingly versatile dresses. You'll be able to see some of her elegant creations in action on models, as well as see some of her more prized dresses up close and personal.

Make your own traditional Chinese button, design a ready-to-wear pinback button, engage a docent in Shanghai, hang out over cocktails and music by the energizing DJ Quantum, and revel in the pleasure of fashion, design, and art!

Photos by Jay Jao and Jennifer Yin
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