The Wall Street Journal recently had an article about purchasing Chinese cheongsams (also spelled "cheung sam" or "qi pao") online. In case you are making such a purchase, here's a list of etailers you may want to try:
- EfuShop.com (Efu is the Mandarin word for clothes)
However, if you live in a city that has a Chinatown, I would recommend that you go there to find a local Chinese tailor to have one custom made. I'm glad I did. Maybe my guests couldn't tell that my dress was high quailty (and high cost *sigh*), but I appreciated my reception dress. I'll be wearing it for years to come at various events.