19th century Chinese Dragon Robe // Medium: silk, metal // Dimensions: Length: 43 in. (109.2 cm) // Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Harrison Williams, Lady Mendl, and Mrs. Ector Munn, 1946 // Accession Number: C.I.46.40.2
c1932 dress "The modern qipao (or cheongsam in Cantonese) was developed in Shanghai in the mid-1920s and was popularized by wealthy socialites. It was much more fitted than the original loose-fitting qipao." | The Met
This is actually from ancient Chinese emperor's clothes. The dragon means the Chinese emperor is the son of the dragon. The picture represents the feudalism of ancient China. The dragon presents luck and power.