First Ao Dai Museum Opens

The first museum for traditional Vietnamese dresses, Ao Dai, opened on January 21 in Ho Chi Minh City.

The museum is located in a suburban house at Long Phuoc Commune in District 9 and opens from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  It is designed and produced by fashion designer Si Hoang.

Hoang aims to promote and spread the culture of traditional Vietnamese dress to local and foreign visitors.

The gallery displays 36 women’s traditional costumes from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries.

Hoang’s collection involves dresses owned by famous Vietnamese women such as General Nguyen Thi Dinh, former Vice-Chairwoman of Foreign Affairs Committee of National Assembly Ton Nu Thi Ninh, People’s artists Tra Giang and Bach Tuyet.

There collection also displays over 3,000 vintage photos of women in traditional costume.

By Ngoc Minh – Translated by Kim Khanh

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