Our staff, Y.M., from Shanghai, seemed like he really wanted to make his own LAST CAMERA, so we finally asked him to make it.
No...not really. You're embarrassing me.
What were your ideas behind making this camera?
I was trying to decide whether to make something that was completely my own taste, or something that would sell. In the end, I made a camera that people would want to carry. I'm Chinese, so I wanted to incorporate some traditional Chinese elements. I thought of a lot of different ideas, like goldfish, bonsai, steamed dumplings, but in the end I settled for the Qipao (a traditional one-piece dress for women). Everyone knows the Qipao, right? So I decided on that.
What's the title?
What does it mean?
The body hugging Qipao that emphasizes the curves of the women's body was considered very fashionable among young women of the leisure class, the entertainment industry and women from the pleasure quarters. According to my grandfather, it was at the peak of its popularity around 1943. My grandmother used to wear a white one. That's how I decided on the name.
What difficulties did you have making the piece?
I had a lot of trouble deciding on the color of the fabric. I couldn't decide between black, white, or the most traditional red. It was very difficult to attach the fabric to the camera cover. I folded over the edges, and then attached the fabric with double-sided tape. I cut the fabric after measuring the size, but if I didn't cut the fabric accurately enough, little bits of thread would stick out which ruined the satiny look of the Qipao, so that required a lot of attention.
What are you most proud of?
I've been learning calligraphy since elementary school, so I wrote the title and the word "camera" in Chinese on the box, both in calligraphy. It's good, isn't it?
Yes, it's beautiful. That's why you're so popular among the ladies.
Y.M. What is that supposed to mean?!