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Seen as early as the 17th century, the exotic and decorative style 'Chinoiseries' is repeated in architecture, furnishings and fashion alike. Popular with, and worn by, those who value the unique garment with flair! The Art Deco eras is awash with chinoiserie garments similar to this formidable piece!

This is a beautiful example of craftmanship, delicate quality fabric and enduring fashion. Talk about versatile!


This unusual piece is a fantastic adaptation of the traditional Qipao! Make a statement or go for an understated look. At least 30 years young in excellent condition, this dress will keep you the epitome of fashion forward for years to come.

We curate the classic and the stylish 'head turner'.

Bring an 'edgy' look to jeans and t-shirt by wearing open as a jacket or, wear over a slimline dress or skirt combination. Wear with wide leg trousers to emulate the Deco eras. Chic and easy to pair makes this is a wardrobe must have!

Wear it your way - be your own bird.

Circa: 1940 -2000
Label/Brand: na
Origin or Source: Private Collection - Chinoiseries

Fabric: Silk
Condition: Very Good commensurate with age and love. Small area (shown) at sleeve edge however does not detract from wearing
Fixtures: Original fastenings (frogs)

Modern Size Indicator*: 10 - 12
Vintage Size Indicator: na
Fit:  Tailored

History: The word chinoiserie /ʃɪnˈwɑːzəri/ comes from the French term Chinois which translates as Chinese or, after the Chinese taste (as in style). Chinoiseries means a Western or, European interpretation of an Asian style and may not an necessarily be of an actual Asian design. Painted Bird has an array of garments we consider 'chinoiserie' from a number of Asian countries but for purposes of website search - we offer as one collection. We believe they are all beautiful, unique and wearable art for the now. Fashion designers have repeated these designs over a variety of eras. Enjoy!

NOTE: Sale Items/Damaged Items cannot be exchanged, refunded or returned.

Our vintage items are rated as follows:
  • Excellent: Near-or new quality, with no noted flaws often in original packaging or, with original tags (deadstock)
  • Very Good: May have some minor issue, as noted
  • Good: Some minor flaws which may be repairable, or do not detract from the garment when worn
  • Rescue: Flaws as described which may or may not detract when worn in most cases possibility of repair

We estimate sizes as current or, 'modern' sizing rather than vintage sizing as eras do vary.

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