On display at the Huong river antique pottery museum until November 11, the items are part of a collection of Vietnamese researcher Thai Kim Lan. Among them are a dragon-embroidered robe for emperors and other worn by members of the royal family.

On the occasion, designer Trinh Hoang Dieu also puts on stage a number of ao dai designs that combine both traditional and modern features.

Being the national costume when Vietnam was a kingdom, now ao dai stays the national dress for important ceremonies and events.