CHSA Museum is hosting a series of exhibitions on the evolution of the qipao. To explore the many developments of this dress, we are looking to expand our network of collectors who may be interested in a partnership to exhibit at the CHSA Museum. Along with qipaos, we would be interested in accessories (shoes, purses, fans, etc.) worn with the dresses.

Exhibition: Evolution of the Qipao: Turning Heads
Description: This exhibit will feature dresses from the 1950s-2000s. In 1960, Nancy Kwan, portraying the role of Suzie Wong, was featured on the cover of Life magazine, making the “wiggle dress” a household name.
Exhibition dates: October 10 – December 31
Loan dates: September 12, 2015- January 9, 2016
Submit inquiry by September 1, 2015

If you have objects related to either exhibitions that you would like to loan to CHSA, please download and complete the Incoming Receipt Form and note the appropriate name of the show and dates of the loan. Submit the completed form by sending it to Please also attach up to 3 images per dress. This information would help the curatorial team select the objects for each show. Images you provide may be used for a digital display. You will be contacted by CHSA collections staff within a week from submission of your inquiry to schedule a date for delivery of the loan. In order to secure the safety of your loan, items dropped off without an appointment will not be accepted.

If you have any questions, please contact our Collections staff at