This is a purple sleeveless cheongsam. In the 1950s as the trend moved towards focusing on the overall shape of the cheongsam rather than details, piping and fastenings were sometimes omitted. This belonged to Datin Aw Cheng Hu. Born in 1914, she was the daughter of Mr Aw Boon Par. She wore this cheongsam when she was in her late 40s and 50s. Datin Aw would personally select her fabrics from Modern Silk Store and Chotirmall along High Street, Singapore, before sending them to Shanghainese tailors who were sought after for their cheongsam making skills.