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Guide to Dress Terms, Definitions, and Cultural References

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Vietnamese Girl's Dresses - Ao Dai Cuoi
Ao Dai Cuoi, Girl's Vietnamese Traditional for girls!  The Ao Dai Cuoi is a beautiful dress that is used for special occasions including weddings and holidays such as Tet.  The top half has a Mandarin Collar, with a long pants bottom
Brocade
Brocade fabric is woven fabric that contains a design.  Often found on Chinese and Vietnamese Dresses
Dupioni
Dupioni is a type of silk fabric. It is similar to shantung, but thicker and more irregular.
Cap Sleeve
An extremely short sleeve that does not go below the armpit level.  It is covering the cap (top) of your shoulder.
Dupioni
Cheongsam
Cantonese for QiPao's (Chinese Dresses). Traditional dress worn by Chinese often made of silk and custom made.  High collar and usually comes below the knee with a slit on the side.
Colors
Sage, Violet, Burgundy - This page translates them into green, purple, and red.
Colors - Their Cultural and Symbolic Meanings
American, Chinese, and Vietnamese culture and symbols of Colors
Cummbund
Cummerbund is a term now used to describe any wide waist sash, usually sewn in on girls and women's dresses.
Empire Waist
The Waist line is below the bust line.  It is a raised waist line.  This often looks better on younger kids  giving a slender, long look that is also elegant.
Frog Knots
Frog Knots - Traditional type of fastener used on QiPao's (Chinese Dresses) made with large cord with a knotted button and a frog loops.
Gathered Waist
Gathered Waist:  the fabric is folded or bunched together with thread at the waist of a skirt.  This makes for a fuller skirt and give the child more room to move (verses a straight skirt).
Mandarin Collar
Mandarin Collar - Stiff collar found on QiPao's (Chinese Dresses)
Organza Definition
A sheer (see through) fabric that is used in layers.  Looks like a thin net.
Pastels
A pale color.Link to a pastel color chart.  Traditional meaning is from painting of a chalk with a binder that offers more brilliant colors than a crayon, and does not have the drying time of paint.
Pleats
A pleat is a type of fold formed by doubling material back upon itself and securing it in place. It is commonly used in clothing and upholstery to gather a wide piece of fabric to a narrower circumference.

Pleats are categorized as pressed, that is, ironed or otherwise heat-set into a sharp crease, or unpressed, falling in soft rounded folds. Pleats may also be partially sewn flat and allowed to fall open below.

Small pleats sewn in place down their entire length are called tucks

QiPao - Chinese Dress Definition
Traditional name in Mandarin for a Chinese Dress. Traditional dress worn by Chinese often made of silk and custom made.
High collar and usually comes below the knee with a slit on the side.
Queue (pig Tail or Pony Tail)
After the Ching Dynasty took over, men were required to wear a queue, or a long pony tail or pony tail as a mark of subservance. If the queue was cut off, this marked them as a rebel. The Ching Dynasty was overthrown in the revolution of 1911.
Skirt Length: Mini-skirt
The miniskirt (often hyphenated as mini-skirt) is a skirt with a hemline well above the knees (usually about 8 inches—or more above knee level)
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