A design of Minh Hanh will be introduce on Italy TV.  

Italian national television Rai has invited designer Minh Hanh to show her collection of ao dai’s, Vietnam’s traditional dress, on a special show to be broadcast on Christmas Eve.

Hanh, one of Vietnam’s leading fashion designers, will present her Dragon and Butterfly collection on Alle Felde Del Kilimangiaro, which was shot on Monday.

The collection is a mix of classical European and ancient Asian styles and will be worn by 10 Italian models.

She will also give an interview on current Vietnamese fashion trends.

In June 2006 the collection made a deep impression on visitors at the Spring Festival in Rome.

Source: Nhan Dan, VOV


20/11/2006 9:45


Leaders from the APEC member economies dress up Vietnamese traditional tunics (ao dai) for a group photo at the closing ceremony of the two-day 14th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting yesterday in Hanoi, Vietnam. -CHINANEWS.com.cn

Chinese President Hu Jintao was in blue, host Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet in yellow, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in red and the Philippines’ Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in pink. All have shined when dressing up Vietnamese traditional tunics (ao dai) for a group photo at the closing ceremony of the two-day 14th APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting yesterday.

At the tree-covered Van Tue Island in the new ship-shaped National Convention Center’s campus, most of leaders from the 21 member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in elegant silk “ao dai” with golden lotus flower patterns lined up for the photo, which is considered symbol of the solidarity in the Asia-Pacific region.

The leaders slipped the “ao dai”, designed in five bright colors and decorated with lotus flowers — a Vietnamese traditional symbol of nobleness and purity over their businesses suits, giving a look of prestige and dignity. The APEC “ao dai” come in blue, red, yellow and green for male leaders, while women ones had a choice of pink.

Leaders of South Korea and Singapore looked relaxed in red, others from China, the United States, Russia and Japan went blue, and those from Vietnam and Thailand in yellow, and Brunei and Papua New Guinea in green. Meanwhile, three female leaders from the Philippines, News Zealand and Chile got charmer in pink dress and velvet turbans.

It is a tradition for leaders to wear costumes bearing the symbol of host members of APEC for the closing group photo at annual meetings. Last year, they wore silk overcoat, “durumagi”, in South Korea. Previously, they donned short-sleeved silk shirts in Thailand, silk jackets in China, and batik shirts in Indonesia.

To dress leaders at the meeting this year, host Vietnam chose the “ao dai” motif designed by Minh Hanh, one of the country’s top designers and vice director of the Vietnam Fashion Design Institute (FADIN).

“Ao dai”, fitted long robe with two-side slits up to the waist being worn over silk white trousers, is considered a symbol of Vietnamese intangible culture, helping to flatter local women’s beauty, figure and charm. The garments are now popular for local women, mostly in special occasions such as weddings, ceremonies and festivals.

Hanh and her workers spent over eight months on the costume, from creating high-quality silk for the garments to drawing up 32 different patterns to woven into the cloth.

“Over the past eight months, we have had worked all day and night for the costumes, and they have experienced close scrutiny. When the design was officially chosen, government officials, led by former Deputy Prime Minister Vu Khoan, closely scrutinized them twice. And, around a week ago, State President Nguyen Minh Triet made the final scrutiny,” she said.

“Finally, the lotus design was chosen, as lotus flowers symbolize the beauty and culture of Vietnamese people,” she said, adding that the lotus flower motifs were lively woven in the three-dimension technique to create a special damask silk.

The local Toan Thinh Silk Company had to spend more than five months producing the delicate cloth, she said, adding that the silk selected for the leader’s costumes has to be stiffer than common ones, as they are worn over their suits.

To ensure the honored guests to satisfy with “ao dai”, the FADIN had to send them the drawings of “ao dai” and its requests for their fashion parameters, and present five colors of the costume for their choice.

“I believe that the costumes will satisfy the leaders. Some elder people told me that, in the evening of Nov. 19, billions of people in the world will see the traditional costume wearing etiquette of APEC leaders on TV, and they will partly understand Vietnam’s soul. So, I’m very nervous,” Hanh was recently quoted assaying by local newspaper Youth.

Now, Hanh’s worries must have vanished without trace, since the leaders’ appearance in her elaborate “ao dai” design has not only showed off Vietnam’s traditional culture, but also promoted the country’s image to the Asia-Pacific region and the world at large.

Xinhua News

14:38′ 06/07/2006 (GMT+7)

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VietNamNet – Vietnam’s leading fashion designer Minh Hanh has been honoured by the French Ministry of Culture and Information for her contributions to boosting France-Vietnam cooperation in the area of fashion.

The French Consul General, Nicolas Warbery, presented Dang Thi Minh Hanh with the title of “Arts and Literacy Knight” of the Minister of Culture and Information, Renaud Donedieu de Vabres, in Ho Chi Minh City on June 5.

Minh Hanh, Director of the Ho Chi Minh City-based Vietnam Fashion and Design Institute was the country’s first fashion stylist who has been granted this title.

The French Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City said that over the past years, Minh Hanh has acted as a bridge linking France and Vietnam in the fashion area. In 2001, she was invited to be a member of the jury of ESMOD International Fashion School. One year later, she organised a show, entitled “White Night,” in Paris” and the other, named “Far East,” in Nantes.

She has also been a partner of the French Embassy in Ha Noi and the French Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City in organising the Hue Festival, a symbol of bilateral cooperation in the cultural and arts field.


(Source: VNA)


Knight in shining fashion: Designer Minh Hanh (centre) poses with friends after receiving the title last night. — VNS Photo Thanh Vu

Vietnamese designer Minh Hanh was granted the title Knight of Arts and Letters (Chevaliers des Lettres et des Arts) by the French government for her contribution to promoting Franco-Vietnamese cultural co-operation in fashion.

Hanh was given the title by Consul General of France Nicolas Warnery in HCM City last night.

Hanh is a leading figure in Viet Nam’s fashion industry and is well-known for her successful combination of Vietnamese traditional fabrics with modern styles, which is present in her ever-changing ao dai designs. Her various collections have been introduced in many countries like Japan, Germany, France and the US. She became the first Vietnamese designer awarded an international prize at a Tokyo Fashion Fair in 1997.

As a director of the Vietnam Fashion Design Institute (Fadin), Hanh initiated Viet Nam Fashion Week – a rendezvous of professional designers, and Viet Nam Collection Grand Prix – a competition for young designers with an international jury, including examiners from the French Fashion Design Institute.

She soon became the bridge between Vietnamese and French fashion after helping boost fashion activities between the two countries through different programmes signed with the French Fashion Design Institute.

Vietnamese designers have won scholarships to France for further study in fashion while French lecturers of fashion have come to Viet Nam to provide training courses to 15 young talented Vietnamese designers.

In 2002, Hanh held two fashion shows dubbed White Night in Paris and Far East in Nantes after joining a two-month course for professional designers in Paris.

She was also invited to join the jury of ESMOD by Paris Cultural Department. As a key fashion partner of the French Consulate in HCM City, she collaborated with French directors and artists to direct Vietnamese and French programmes at Viet Nam’s Festival Hue.

Established in 1975 by French General de Gaulle, the title Knight of Arts and Letters is given to people with outstanding achievements or great contribution to the arts and literature to France and the world. — VNS