A LANDMARK occasion celebrating Chinese fashion and tradition came about in Bournemouth on Sunday.
The 100 Years of Qipao Historical past Exhibition and Fashion Show, organised by the Knowledge Basis charity and designers Jiang Chipao, noticed visitors journey over from Asia and all throughout the UK.
The afternoon on the Royal Bathtub Resort included a contest between 60 folks in the person qipao show contest, earlier than the qipao design competitors.
The qipao is a conventional one-piece costume for girls and options daring colors and stylish patterns.
There was additionally a sequence of dances and musical shows highlighting the heritage and intricacies of the qipao.
Dance teams included Liverpool Phoenix and Bournemouth Qiapo, which featured members of Bournemouth Chinese Faculty.
The performances mixed Chinese custom with western tradition.
The person fashion show featured three age associated classes, with kids from Bournemouth making up the sunshine - 5 to 18 12 months olds - age group.
Entrants from China took to the stage alongside UK individuals in the elegant - 19 to 45 - age group and the the Aristocracy - 46 plus - group, which included 53-year-outdated Bournemouth resident Janet Ho.
“Everybody had a incredible time and it's only going to get greater,” Janet mentioned.
“You don’t get to see this kind of factor in this nation and it's nice cultural connection has began for the UK and much more so for Bournemouth.”
A collection of premium qipao attire by Jiang Chipao starting from £,000 to £50,000 had been additionally modelled on the occasion by Chinese and British girls.
Mayor Lawrence Williams attended the occasion and took half on the judging panel, after delivering a gap speech for the competition.
The occasion was the primary of its sort to be held and after promoting out to a crowd of 180 folks, there are hopes for the occasion to return with an even bigger viewers in the close to future.
Catherine Nicholls, founding father of the Knowledge Basis which provides instructional alternatives for folks to go all all over the world and find out about nation’s cultures, mentioned the occasion took her breath away.
“Everybody loved it a lot,” she mentioned.
“I used to be overwhelmed as a result of loads of the performances had been to such a excessive customary.
“That is only the start and we’re wanting ahead to a different occasion in February.”