Xiu He Fu
 

SAME SAME BUT DIFFERENT


Xiu He Fu 秀禾服, often mistaken as the Dragon and Phoenix Qun Kua 龙凤裙褂, is another type of traditional Chinese wedding attire Brides can consider wearing. In the past decade, many Asian celebrities have taken to incorporate such an outfit during their weddings to uphold Chinese customs and culture. While some of them wore the magnificent Dragon and Phoenix Qun Kua 龙凤裙褂, others went for the dainty looking Xiu He Fu 秀禾服. Whichever your preference, let’s take a quick look at the key characteristics and differences between the two.

DRAGON & PHOENIX QUN KUA

CUT

This attire comprises of a jacket and a skirt, of which, the skirt is straight cut. With improved technology and demands, the jacket is now tapered to reflect the curvaceous figure of the bride.

XIU HE FU

CUT

This attire sports a right diagonal placket (opening) for the top and has a wide and loose sleeve opening. It is paired with an A-line cut skirt, otherwise known as Ma Mian Qun 马面裙, which has a central pendulum area embellished with design motifs.

DRAGON & PHOENIX QUN KUA

EMBROIDERY

Adopts the embroidery method known as Bu Xin卜心绣, which is 3-dimensional, giving the Dragon and Phoenix a more realistic feel. The density of the embroidery is key to the value of the wedding dress and can range from 50% to 100%. A 100% density piece takes approximately a year to be completed.

XIU HE FU

EMBROIDERY

Using an entirely different embroidery technique known as Chao Xiu 潮绣, the stitches are flatly laid. However, the diversity of colorful threads usually makes up for the lack of 3-dimensional depth on the motifs.

DRAGON & PHOENIX QUN KUA

DESIGN MOTIFS

Dragon and Phoenix, the main characters, is a must for such attires, which is hand-embroidered using mainly gold and silver thread onto a red-based material for the brides; maroon or black-based material for the elderlies.

XIU HE FU

DESIGN MOTIFS

The design motifs used on this attire is more diversified. Not only can they feature the Dragon and Phoenix, any flowers, animals or motifs that symoolizes marital bliss, good luck and fortune to the Chinese culture and traditions can be used.

 
 

CELEBRITIES IN TRADITIONAL
CHINESE WEDDING ATTIRES

Former Miss Hong Kong, Grace Chan & Hong Kong actor, Kevin Cheng’s wedding in 2018
Photo credit: Apple Daily, Vivian Wong Photography

 

Hong Kong TVB actress, Grace Wong & Daniel Chang's in 2017
Photo credit: Facebook @JamieLeeHair, Instagram @elenhwang, Oriental Daily

 

Cantopop star Aaron Kwok & model Moka Fang in 2017
Photo credit: Asia Wedding Network

 

Hong Kong actress, Tavia Yeung & actor, Him Law's wedding in 2016
Photo credit: Apple Daily

 

Hong Kong actress, Christy Chung & Chinese actor, Shawn Zhang's wedding in 2016
Photo credit: Weibo@柴视觉ChaiStudio

 

Taiwan actor, Nicky Wu and Chinese actress, Liu Shishi's wedding in 2016
Photo credit: Weibo@HUA_Wedding, @天宇FixStudio修圖工作室

 

Chinese actress, Chen Zihan & former Singapore based Chinese actor, Dai Xiangyu wedding in 2016
Photo credit: Weibo@LENS婚礼影像机构, @摄影师刘成民

 

Hong Kong actress, Eliza Sam & Joshua Ngo's wedding in 2016
Photo credit: Oriental Daily

 

Hong Kong actress Myolie Wu & Philip Lee's wedding in 2015
Photo credit: Mingpao

 

Chinese model-actress, Angelababy & Chinese actor, Huang Xiaoming in 2015
Photo credit: Sina Fashion

 

Singapore mandopop superstar Stefanie Sun & Nadim van der Ros's in 2011
Photo credit: YeinJeeAsianBlog

 

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