Cheong sam or qipao is black silk brocade, with a design of metallic gold color butterflies and black roses. Dress has a silver color metal zipper in the proper right side seam, opening into an asymmetrical flap extending to the proper right side collar which snaps closed with seven silver color metal snaps. Dress has short cap sleeves and a mandarin-style, stiffened collar. The neck, side front opening, sleeve cuffs, hem, and small slits in either side seam at the hem are bound with two bands of silk satin bias tape, a yellow one stacked beneath a black one to appear like piping. Also, the dress has two dimensional decorative frog closures of an elaborate pattern made from stiffened yellow and black satin, one at the center front neck, the other along the diagonal opening on the proper right side. Dress belonged to Rose Sezto, also known as Sezto Fong, who was born in Manila, Philippine Islands in 1921. She was living in Canton, China when she married Harold Wong in 1941 in Taishan District, Guangdong Province. They had two sons, Peter and John. Her husband served in the U.S. Army during World War II. She and her two sons immigrated to the U.S. under the terms of Public Law 271, 79th Congress Act, of December 28, 1945. Rose had two more children in the United States, where she worked as a dishwasher in a hotel and a hostess in a restaurant in San Francisco. She died in San Francisco in 1996.

Used: Rose Sezto | Adult | Female

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