It’s been a while, womenswear. My latest creation: Cheongsam 旗袍 inspired…
Edward Kwan originally began as a creative outlet for myself while I completed law school. I would create outfits for myself and post them on to Facebook and Instagram. This eventually morphed into the menswear business that I have today.
I have tried to keep up with creating womenswear for my social media followers to enjoy, but this year – in between starting work as a grad lawyer, launching Edward Kwan Tailor and running the usual bow tie, tie, pocket square show – womenswear has kind of been kicked to the side and abandoned.
I finally had a burst of inspiration this weekend and created this little number. I love tops and dresses with a high neck – mainly because it is the most flattering style for my body type and style. I also love how elegant and classy a high cut neck can be.
My dress also features a very high cut slit at the front and slightly to the side. To keep my designs classy but still a bit edgy, I like to only have one ‘feature’ in an outfit. For eg, if I make a dress with a high neck, which covers up the cleavage completely, then to balance it up I’ll go for a high cut slit in the skirt, bare midriff or simply a short skirt to show off the legs. If I design something low cut that shows off some cleavage, then I would keep the bottom half conservative and covered up and definitely no bare midriff!
This dress is inspired by the traditional Chinese dress called a Cheongsam (in Cantonese) or 旗袍 (qi pao in Mandarin). Given my Chinese heritage, I'm naturally drawn toward this elegant oriental figure hugging dress. The Cheongsam was created in the 1920's in Shanghai and was worn by high class women and socialites. The traditional Cheongsam features a capped sleeve rather than the sleeveless look I have chosen.
I had a few enquiries from customers wanting to buy this dress after I posted it up on Facebook and Instagram. While I have sold a couple of my womenswear pieces over the past few years, selling my womenswear on a full scale used to be the ultimate end goal for me. But this year that has changed for me somewhat. I only want to create womenswear because I want to create it and because I have some inspiration for a design and because I’m passionate about it. I don’t want to feel the pressure to create and the pressure to sell and to succeed. Which is why, at the moment, I feel womenswear for me is best left as an occasional hobby and passion that I can enjoy. It also means that I’ll be the only one on the street in my dresses!
But, as they say, never say never…