Ao Dai San Jose Exhibition

June 26, 2006

  Date: 04/18/06 – 07/09/06
Musuem Hours: Tues-Sunday 10am-5pm Thurs: 5pm-8pm
Association for Viet Arts
408-971-0323
Tickets: $4-$5 Children 12 and under, Museum Members and first thursday of the month, free.

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Association for Viet Arts and the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles proudly present Ao Dai: A Modern Design Coming of Age, a groundbreaking exhibition. The exhibition will be the largest survey of historical and contemporary ao dai ever staged in the United States, and will include many ao dai never before seen by the public in Viet Nam or the United States. Ao Dai: A Modern Design Coming of Age takes the viewer on an journey through the past and present and combines traditional techniques with new global influences that embody both functional and artistic designs, representing the innovative spirit of Viet Nam’s ao dai tradition. The exhibition features the work of: prominent Vietnamese ao dai designer, Minh Hanh; fashion designer Le Minh Khoa; Si Hoang, an artist and educator turned ao dai designer; Le Phuong Thao, a Vietnamese-American designer who combines traditional and modern techniques; and Trinh Bach, a collector and restorer of royal ao dai from the 19th and 20th centuries.

April 18 – July 9th 2006
“Ao Dai: A Modern Design Coming of Age” : Press Release: WORD PDF | San Jose Mercury News Article | sponsors

Association for Viet Arts and the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles proudly present Ao Dai: A Modern Design Coming of Age, a groundbreaking exhibition that will run from April 18, through July 9, 2006 at the San Jose Quilts & Textile Museum. The exhibition will be the largest survey of historical and contemporary ao dai ever staged in the United States, and will include many ao dai never before seen by the public in Viet Nam or the United States.

Ao Dai: A Modern Design Coming of Age takes the viewer on an journey through the past and present and combines traditional techniques with new global influences that embody both functional and artistic designs, representing the innovative spirit of Viet Nam’s ao dai tradition. The exhibition features the work of: prominent Vietnamese ao dai designer, Minh Hanh; fashion designer Le Minh Khoa; Si Hoang, an artist and educator turned ao dai designer; Le Phuong Thao, a Vietnamese-American designer who combines traditional and modern techniques; and Trinh Bach, a collector and restorer of royal ao dai from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Read the BN Magazine article.

Programs:

April 26, 2006, 7:00-8:30pm.
Making Modernity Appropriate and Tradition Fashionable: Debates About Dress, Gender, and Identity in Ho Chi Minh City in the 1990s : Lecture by Dr. Ann Marie Leshkowich

Professor Leshkowich will consider why, at a moment of rapid modernization and development, the áo dài experienced a vibrant resurgence.

May 11, 2006, 7:00-8:30pm.
Áo Dài: A Modern Design Coming of Age : Lecture by Dr. Kieu Linh Caroline Valverde

Professor Valverde will offer a survey of the history of áo dài, focusing on its revival in the 1990s, its value as a national symbol, and its rise as an aesthetic art object.

June 3, 2006, 2:00-4:00pm.
Áo Dài: Fashioning Culture in Time, Place, and Identity : Lecture by Dr. Susan B. Kaiser

Professor Kaiser will situate the áo dài in time and place, addressing issues of national identity, gender, ethnicity and class, as well as the social meaning of national costumes.

June 4, 2006, 2:00-4:00pm.
The Business of Áo Dài : Lecture by Monica Tran

Owner of Trust Fund Baby Boutique, fashion designer and businesswoman Monica Tran will address the fashion industry, and how she incorporated the áo dài into her mainstream designs.

PROGRAM FEES: $10.00/members; $15.00/non-members
Seating for this program is limited; RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.
For reservations or more information, please call 408.971.0323 x 14. Free Children’s Workshops in conjunction with Áo Dài: A Modern Design Coming of Age : Workshops in April, May and June, click here for more info on dates/times

For children 3-12 years old. All workshops are drop-in and feature hands-on art & craft áo dài projects.
Young children will be decorating ao dai patterns and designs with paper, yarn, glitter, feathers, etc.
Older children will be given the opportunity to design their own áo dài or áo dài ensemble using paper, fabric, lace, and various notions.

 

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