Designer takes spirit of Viet Nam to Europe

June 27, 2006


Road show: A model presents an ao dai in the Spring Brocade collection that was inspired by Cham ethnic culture. — VNS File Photo

Vietnamese designer Lan Huong has been honoured with a chance to parade two ao dai (traditional womens dress) collections as part of the Days of Vietnamese Culture in Europe celebrations later this month.

Huong will present her taffeta, organza and silk designs in Spain and Italy as part of the festivities, showcasing more than 30 pieces through the Gam Xuan (Spring Brocade) and Pho Co (Old Quarter) collections.

Fashion pundits believe Huong’s ao dai creations convey the true spirit of Viet Nam and its local culture.

“Many patterns were inspired by Cham ethnic culture, Thap Rua (Tortoise Tower) in Hoan Kiem Lake, and the mossy clay roofs of Ha Noi’s Old Quarter,” said Huong.

The designer is also no stranger to putting on a show and impressing an international audience, having entertained and promoted Vietnamese culture in Germany, France and South Korea.

Huong also impressed guests at last year’s Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) meeting, presenting a lavish cultural programme to attending officials.

Events already featured as part of the Days of Vietnamese Culture in Europe showcase include photo exhibitions, handicraft fairs and displays of Vietnamese ethnic costumes.

Performances are also expected by artists from the Viet Nam National Opera and Ballet, Ha Noi National Conservatory and Cheo (traditional opera) Theatre. — VNS


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