Different from costumes of other countries, Chinese clothing features is very distinctive and with profound Chinese culture.Because of relatively plain design and structure of traditional Chinese clothing, embroidered edgings, decorated bands, draped cloth or silks, patterns on the shoulders, and sashes were often added as ornamentation. These varied designs came to be one of the unique features of traditional Chinese dress.
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Darker colors were much more favored than lighter ones in traditional Chinese clothing so the main color of ceremonial clothing tended to be dark while bright, elaborate tapestry designs accented. Lighter colored clothing was worn more frequently by the common people for everyday use.
On the other hand, black and white in China are the colors for funeral.
Peony and water lily are patterns Chinese favored as they are symbols of wealth and elegancy. And as traditional the imperial dressing were decorated with dragons, so since the federal society had finished in China, dragons and those imperial patterns are becoming popular when people are dressing something in a restore ancient way nowadays.
(Modern Chinese celebrities wearing qipao taking vintage style photograghs.)