The closest I'll get to China is Chinatown in San Francisco. While the boba is tasty and the fortune cookies are crisp, the traditional clothing is something one does not have the opportunity to see on a regular Thursday. One specific shop had the most intricate pieces of traditional clothing. Upon further research and questions to the tailor in the shop, I learned that the piece to the left, for women, is a Chenogsam. Such a top originated from Manchu women in the Qing Dynasty. The form fitting structure is a western design. However, the straight collar and coiled buttons show the traditional Chinese style carried for centuries. The top I was able to see had been worth a good portion of anyone's wallet, and rightly so. Now the piece on the right is a Chinese suit, usually for men. This was worn by Manchu men from the Qing Dynasty as well. The design is quite traditional albeit the tailoring being clearly western. In this specific suit, the collar is straight and the coiled buttons reach all the way to the bottom of the garment. The pattern was apparently copied after flowers during the nighttime. Both of the pieces were made of heavy silk.
It's no doubt that both tops are extremely beautiful on their own; I can only imagine what a complete traditional Chinese outfit would looks like. While I did not get a good picture of any of the kimonos, I realized that westerners imitated the style of the silk robes in cotton and started to sell them in more modern patterns. I can see how some would be angered by the thought of others snatching their traditional fashion and generalizing them. However, I think it's fascinating how two cultures can borrow each other's styles and modify already amazing pieces. I do hope us western people keep some things from China they way they should be, like oriental flavored ramen.