What Is a Qipao/Cheongsam And Where to Buy in Chinese Fashion: Qipao, also known as cheongsam (旗袍) in Cantonese, is a one-piece Chinese dress that has its origins in Manchu-ruled China back in the 17th century. The style of the qipao has evolved over the decades and is still worn today. 

Cheongsam History
During Manchu rule, the chieftain Nurhachi (努爾哈赤, Nǔ'ě