The traditional Chinese wedding ceremonial dress is known as the Qun Kua (裙褂). Unlike the Western wedding dress, which follows fashion trends, the Chinese Qun Kua is timeless.
The Qun Kua is a two-piece jacket and skirt combo that is normally red and adorned with embroideries of dragons and phoenixes. It symbolises good fortune and blessing while the embroideries represent the bride and groom.
In this modern era, the Qun Kua is normally worn for the traditional tea ceremony. Here are some things to consider when wearing it:
The Qun Kua shouldn’t be too loose or too tight but tapered to accentuate the waist. The sleeves should end three inches above the wrists to expose the hands.
Try an updo hairstyle to show off the neckline. Remember that the Qun Kua is very elaborate, with beading and embroidery. Hence, there is no need to go overboard with the accessories. Besides, the bride will be given loads of jewellery during the tea ceremony. As for shoes, a traditional embroidered shoe will complete the look.
The Qun Kua is a piece of art. The dragon and phoenix embroidery must be done by hand and should look realistic. If you are planning to buy or custom make a Qun Kua, bear in mind that it may take up to six months to complete.