Chinese culture is thousands of years old, and so there is a rich history to draw from when talking about traditional Chinese clothing for women. Throughout different time periods and dynasties, Chinese clothing has evolved with the technology of their construction and the introduction of new fabrics
The pienfu and chenogasm are types of traditional clothing for women. The pienfu has two pieces, a tunic top that is usually a robe and is tied about the body, with a long skirt that extends to the floor. This type of dress is still presented in opera and Chinese stage productions. The chenogasm is still worn in modern versions today. This dress has centuries old roots, but became especially popular in the 1930’s. This is a long, one-piece gown with a mandarin collar and three buttons on the right shoulder. It can be sleeveless, short-sleeved or long-sleeved. It is fitted at the waist (and sometimes at the chest) and extends to the floor with slits on the side. This dress is meant to show the Chinese female form. Today, chenogasm dresses are worn around the world, and short versions of the dress are available in many stores.