The Ip Man 3 DVD release was last week, bringing the franchise’s excellent fight choreography and strong, principled hero right into our homes. While the titular Ip Man is always shown in traditional clothing, his wife Wing-sing’s costumes have changed with the circumstances of each film. In Ip Man 3 she wears modern mandarin dresses with cardigans. For this breakdown I chose her final outfit. It is worn during the most touching scenes of spousal support and love. It also happens to be the dressiest, as Wing-sing put it on not only for photographs but for attending the match she secretly arranged for her husband.
Best of luck to you deciphering her asymmetrical hairstyle. All I can say is: this film is set in the late 1950s, her hair is parted on her left, pulled behind her ears, and the right side in the back holds most of the rose-like ‘do.
At this point in the film Wing-sing is dying and very pale. Even her eyebrows aren’t colored. They’re on the short side, there’s a little more natural wispiness to them than usually left after plucking, and the thinness of her eyebrow hair has been left alone. Besides what I’m certain is black tightlining on the top eyelids and bright maroon lipstick, there’s no other color to her face. Her top lip is drawn very full, but her bottom lip is drawn just inside her natural lip line for a slightly thinner bottom lip.
The dress is a standard mandarin construction. The material is smooth and not shiny, possibly a cotton blend. It’s not straight cotton since we never see a wrinkle. You don’t want wrinkles in this sleek piece! There’s a small connector toward the bottom of her stand-up collar that holds the sides together and erect. There is no edging, so the mandarin construction line angling down and right from the left collar is just a seam. The dress ends 3-4″ past the knee. When sitting, it will just barely cover her knees if the dress hem is pulled down. The pattern runs vertical throughout the body and collar of the dress.
The material’s base color is very light muted green. The pattern is two staggered rows of alternating white squares and rectangles. Inside each white square is an even tinier black square. Keep in mind the pattern is extremely small. You will likely end up with a solid muted green material, or perhaps one with extremely small white or black polka-dots or crosshatch.
Wing-sing’s collared cardigan comes down to her wrists. There is no ribbed lining, and it isn’t a knitted material, though you can see a slight fuzz to the texture. It may be wool. The ten buttons are round and medium-sized. From the glint we get, they’re plain plastic dome buttons or spherical ‘pearl’ buttons. The cardigan is 100% black, matching her hair and her husband’s traditional garb.
Against this backdrop her off-white lapel pins and brooch are striking. Now, I could be wrong about these being a pin and brooch; they may be sewn directly to the cardigan. The designs are entirely made of various sizes of pearls or beads. Some looped white plastic thread or thin white wire is used at the design’s edges.
The lapel pin design is based around one large pearl bead. Twelve small pearl beads are arranged around it in pairs, with medium pearl beads nesting above each pair. Two sets of three loops half as long as the 1″ arrangement itself are attached on opposite sides of the arrangement. One set loops toward the front of the collar and the other toward the back.
The broach is similarly patterned and includes the notable 3.5″ long, 2.5″ wide triangle of medium pearl beads. I believe dozens of tiny pearl beads fill the center of that triangle around its pearl flower arrangement. Although I do not have a hi-res shot of this jewelry, I encourage you to open the images to their full resolution and zoom in.
Besides her lapel pins and brooch, Wing-sing has tiny super-simple silver studs and a similarly plain silver bracelet on her left hand. It is thin and rounded. Finishing her accessories are her nude, undecorated ballet flats.
In Western film we rarely see married couples who work to maintain their marriage. I hope to see Yip Man and Cheung Wing-sing couple’s cosplays around, but it’s not like Wing-sing isn’t a style icon all alone. How did you like this on-screen couple? Do you plan on cosplaying Cheung Wing-sing? If you use our guide, send photographs to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will feature you with any personal links you like.