Model Pham Thi Ngoc Ha will represent Vietnam at the 20th Miss Model of the World contest

Model Pham Thi Ngoc Ha will represent Vietnam at the 20th Miss Model of the World contest for this year to be held from November 4 to 23 in China�s Shenzhen City.

Ha, who is 1.74 m tall and boasts a 88 � 61 � 91 (cm) figure, was the Miss Ao Dai (Vietnamese traditional dress) winner of the Miss Tourism Vietnam 2008 contest in which she finished among the top ten.

The 24-year-old started her career as a model in 2005 and has taken part in several major fashion shows including Fashion Week, Dep Fashion Show and Vietnam Grandpix Collection.

She is also the emcee for several TV game shows such as My Rec on VTV6 and Best Choice on Hanoi Television.

Ha will compete with 69 contestants from other countries and territories for the crown in the final round of this year�s contest, held at The Window of the World Theater on November 22.

Founded in 1988 in Turkey by the contest�s president Qevik Suha Alpayli, the Miss Model of the World is one of the first and most prestigious events for international models.

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Impeccable style

High School students wearing ao dai, the Vietnamese national costume. — AP Photo

I have visited Vietnam on many occasions and one of the most beautiful sights is being greeted by Vietnamese women wearing traditional white tunics or ao dai, Vietnam’s national dress.

On the streets of Hanoi or Ho Chi Min City, high school girls ride bicycles with impeccable style, wearing the elegant ao dai uniforms in what must be one of the world’s most graceful school uniforms. Others also wear conical hats.

I wish we could learn a thing or two from Vietnam. Leg power saves energy and it is pollution free. Are our Malaysian ladies (and men) willing to take up the challenge?

For this to happen, the city road system must be friendly to cyclists.

Pola Singh

Five records to be recognized at Hanoi Flower Street Festival
13:17′ 30/12/2008 (GMT+7)

VietNamNet Bridge – The five national records made during the Hanoi Flower Street Festival 2009 will be announced at the King Ly Thai To statue, Hanoi, at 7:00pm, December 31.

The wood-made fan and the pottery-made street.

The HCM City-based Vietnam Record Book Centre or Vietkings said the organizing board and craftsmen who participate in the Hanoi Flower Street Festival have registered five records including: the largest pair of flower-made dragons, the longest Bat Trang pottery-made street, the largest wood fan, the first collection of ao dai which are made of natural materials, and the largest flower gate in Vietnam.

Vietkings’ consultant and editing council have carefully researched the five records and officially recognized them as new national records.

The largest pair of flower-made dragons (15m long, 4.5m high) will be placed in the centre of the flower street, at the foot of the King Ly Thai To statue. The product is made from 10,000 branches of flowers from Da Lat city.

The ao dai collection made of natural materials.

The largest wood fan (9m wide, 4.5m long) is made by artisans Duong Van Mo and Phi Quang Bo from Chang Son fan village, Thach That district, Hanoi. The fan is made of fir, teak wood, rattan, silk, and decorated by Hang Trong folk paintings.

The pottery-made street includes 200 models of ancient houses of Hanoi. The product is made by craftsman Nguyen Ngoc Tuan from Bat Trang Pottery Village, Hanoi. The street is 50m long, made with 2 tonnes of clay. The highest houses are 0.8m and the lowest ones are 0.3m.

The flower gate is12.6m long, 5.6m high and 0.95m wide.

The collection of ao dai made by natural materials includes 10 ao dai made by dried flowers, leaves, resin, and rubber latex. This is a product of artisan Nguyen Manh Hung. Hung made the collection in three months.

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November 25, 2008 (Vietnam)

Ngo Nhat Huy is a budding designer from Vietnam who aims to make it big in the fashion arena. He, inspired with the ‘hippy style’ of the Western world that prevailed in 1970s, has developed a new, innovative long dress for the teenage from the traditional long dress (Ao Dai).

The designer created eye catching dresses by using fabrics like lace, elastic, silk and taffeta, dyed in bold colors to form bright colors. He made some unusual patterns to give a different look to the attire.

In addition, cutting lines at collars and body mixed with pants have created a playful and dynamic aspect for the dress. Even though the designer has tried out to create some thing unique, the usual grace of Ao Dai, still remains.

This outfit definitely has the distinct to make a mark in the young fashionistas hearts.

Fibre2fashion News Desk – Vietnam
16:06′ 19/06/2008 (GMT+7)

VietNamNet Bridge – On their second day in Vietnam, competitors in the Miss Universe 2008 pageant tried on the traditional Vietnamese dress, ao dai.

Over 50 girls who came to HCM City on the first two days were measured and tried on ao dai, which were designed by four Vietnamese designers, Vo Viet Chung, Thuan Viet, Sy Hoang and Lien Huong.

Each designer is in charge of taking body measurements and preparing ao dai for 20 competitors. Thuan Viet said on June 18 he got measurements and tried ao dai on 11 candidates from France, Indonesia, India, El Salvador, etc.

He said most of the girls were very beautiful in Vietnamese ao dai because they have standard body measurements. “Miss India was the best in ao dai,” he said.

These ao dai will go to the stage with competitors on the night of June 24 in HCM City in the ao dai competition.

On June 18, many more competitors arrived in HCM City, including Miss Japan, Miss China, Miss Germany, Miss Colombia, etc.

The final competitors will arrive in HCM City today, June 19, including many Asian beauties, such as the competitors from South Korea and the Philippines.

A welcome party will be held on June 20 in the evening, with the presence of Miss Universe 2007 Riyo Mori.

Some competitors in HCM City on June 18:

Miss El Salvado and Miss Sri Lanka

Miss Curacao and Miss Costa Rica

Miss Bolivia and Miss Denmark

Miss Mexico and Miss South Africa

Miss Norway and Mis Pueto Rico

Miss Sri Lanka and Miss Switzerland

Miss Turks & Caicos and Miss Dominica

Miss Trinidad & Tobago and Miss Georgia

Miss Greece and Miss Malaysia

17:25′ 17/09/2008 (GMT+7)

VietNamNet Bridge – Thai Tuan Garment and Textile Co., Ltd. will stage an ao dai Collection show titled “Dong Son Legend” at the International House in Osaka, Japan yesterday, and in Yoyogi Park in Tokyo on September 20.

Models pose for picture in Thai Tuan’s ao dai collection.

Japan will introduce traditional Vietnamese ao dai with Dong Son brass drum patterns, regarded as one of Vietnam’s Cultural Heritages, during their Cultural Week 2008.

Thai Tuan Co. and Vietnam’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs will attend the event on the occasion of the commemoration of 35 years of establishment of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Japan.

The company will take part in the event as a sponsor of the Vietnam-Japan Art Performance Night named “Marvelous Vietnam”.

The “Dong Son Legend” collection is designed with new luxurious materials. Thai Tuan’s designers have added Vietnamese cultural characteristics to each product, expressing a strange and unique style with Dong Son brass drum patterns.

The collection, which is based on Vietnamese Women’s traditional costumes from the three regions of the country, shows the cleverness in selvedges and embroidered patterns creating a new style for modern life.

Thai Tuan Co. will also participate in the Vietnam-Japan Festival with pavilions in Yoyogi Park in Tokyo between September 19 and 21, displaying and introducing Vietnamese women’s traditional ao dai.

(Source: SGT)