From Emileigh: I am still on vacation this week in Florida, and I'm so happy to have a post from the gorgeous Harlow of Vintage at Heart sharing an outfit with you guys today!
Hello, my name is Harlow and I am honoured to be guest posting for Emileigh on Flashback Summer today! I blog over at Vintage at Heart, and like Emileigh, I am a huge fan of intercultural fashion, so today I am posting about this beautiful quipao-inspired swing dress that I wore on a visit to the Chinese Garden of Friendship in Sydney.
The Garden of Friendship is a little piece of Chinese culture and history wedged amongst Sydney’s high rises and is one of the most beautiful and tranquil places I have ever visited. Modelled on the ornate gardens of the Ming Dynasty, the gardens were designed to celebrate the relationship that Australia has with China.
I was lucky to spend an amazing morning in the gardens admiring everything and watching some very large and lively Koi fish jumping around in the water! I felt that this Trashy Diva dress was perfect to wear for the occasion as it reflects the way different cultures are able to influence each other to create something beautiful.
I love wearing both swing dresses and quipao and this Trashy Diva dress brings together the things that I love most about those designs; the elegant mandarin collar and embroidered chrysanthemum, and a swishy full skirt perfect for twirling and dancing!
From Emileigh again: I adore her look and the way it doesn't copy a qipao but is still inspired by it. It's a beautiful reflection of the Australian-Chinese Garden of Friendship she visited, since it's a mix of both cultures' styles!