Hongkong Post announced today (September 29) the issue of a set of special stamps under the theme "Qipao", together with associated philatelic products, on October 17 (Tuesday).
Qipao, a traditional Chinese dress for women that first came into vogue in the 1920s, accentuates the gracefulness of the feminine physique with its oriental charm. Hongkong Post will issue a set of stamps under the theme "Qipao" to review the evolution of the qipao, which spans almost a century; to showcase women's fashion in Hong Kong; and to showcase the indelible imprint of this traditional Chinese attire.
This set of six stamps, together with the stamp sheetlets, exhibits the special characteristics of qipao dresses across various decades - from the 1920s to the contemporary qipao. Illustrations on the stamps are the works of students studying for the Higher Diploma in Visual Arts and Culture at the Hong Kong Design Institute. The stamp sheetlets are embedded with the first-ever qipao-shaped stamps. Furthermore, the $20 stamp sheetlet is printed with paper made of taffeta fabric to enhance the theme.
Official First Day Covers will be on sale at $1.30 each at all post offices from October 3. The stamps and associated philatelic products will be displayed at the General Post Office, Tsim Sha Tsui Post Office, Tsuen Wan Post Office, Sha Tin Central Post Office and Tuen Mun Central Post Office from the same day. Advance orders for servicing self-provided covers will be accepted at all philatelic offices from October 3 to 9.
Information about this special stamp issue and associated philatelic products is available on Hongkong Post's website at www.hongkongpost.hk and the Hongkong Post mobile app.
Mint stamps, $10 Stamp Sheetlet, $20 Stamp Sheetlet (Special Stamp Paper) and Special Postmark with a theme of "Qipao".