Celebrating the Splendor of Ninh Binh, An Ancient City

On the evening of September 9, attendees gathered in Hoa Lu Ancient Town, Ninh Binh City, to witness the special fashion program "Essence of the Ancient Capital" which featured a collection of designs inspired by the beauty of the city.


The program “The Essence of the Ancient Capital” is part of a project to promote culture and tourism through the lens of fashion. It was initiated and organized by renowned designer Thach Linh.

The program was attended by prominent guests such as Doan Minh Huan, Member of the Party Central Committee and Secretary of Ninh Binh Provincial Party Committee; Pham Quang Ngoc, Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee and Chairman of the People’s Committee of Ninh Binh Province; Tran Song Tung, Member of the Provincial Party Standing Committee and Vice Chairman of the Provincial People’s Committee. Also present were representatives from various districts, cities, businesses, and a large number of people and tourists from all over the country.

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The program “The Essence of the Ancient Capital” is seen from above. Photo: KIENG CAN

Young designers participating in the program include Thach Linh, Minh Cong, Kien Vu, Song Toan, Hung Bao, and Ivan Tran. The collections were showcased by famous beauty queens, runner-ups, and models such as H’Hen Nie, Do Thi Ha, Luong Thuy Linh, Le Nguyen Bao Ngoc, Doan Thien An, Nguyen Phuong Nhi, Nong Thuy Hang, Le Hoang Phuong, Bui Khanh Linh, Huynh Pham Thuy Tien, Xuan Hanh The Face, and Nguyen Ha Diu Thao.

“Essence of the Ancient Capital” uses ao dai and evening gowns to showcase the beauty of Vietnamese nature and culture, with a focus on the ancient capital of Hoa Lu – Ninh Binh. The show offers a unique experience as models walk the catwalk on a stone bridge connecting two stupas, surrounded by Ky Lan Lake, with Ky Lan Son Tu above. The organizing committee also arranged 100 boats for audiences who wish to enjoy lake cruises and watch performances up close to the stage.

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Designer Thach Linh with the fashion collection. Photo: Nhan Dan

The show “Essence of the Ancient Capital” also features musical performances by famous singers. Designer Thach Linh, who won second prize in Sao Mai Hai Duong in 2015, opened the show with the song “Vietnamese Pride,” accompanied by the Sepheria Dance Company and the presence of Miss Universe.

“The Essence of the Ancient Capital” is a grand fashion show that brings together talented young designers and many renowned beauty queens, models, and celebrities from Ninh Binh. The show lasted until midnight, but the enthusiasm of the Ninh Binh audience and tourists from all over Vietnam remained high until the last moments.

Honoring The Beauty Of The Ancient Capital Of Ninh Binh
Photo: Nhan Dan

The first collection showcased in the special fashion night at Hoa Lu Ancient Town was titled “Essence of the Ancient Capital” by designer Thach Linh. The collection drew inspiration from various places and specialties of Ninh Binh, such as Trang An, Hoa Lu ancient capital, Kim Son wine, Ninh Binh mountain goats, and more. Thach Linh aimed to promote the culture and tourism of her homeland Ninh Binh through the lens of fashion and even donated the ao dai worn by Miss Bao Ngoc to further promote the culture and tourism of the ancient capital.

Designer Thach Linh also introduced two collections, “Luminara” and “Leaving the Mist,” with “Leaving the Mist” being inspired by trips to the Northwest to find inspiration for brocade costumes.

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Designer Minh Cong with his fashion collection. Photo: Nhan Dan

The collection featured two young girls from the highlands: 13-year-old Ho Thi Khanh Huyen from the Pa Co ethnic group in Pire village, A Bung commune, Dakrong district, Quang Tri; and 10-year-old Ksor Kim Anh, from the Pa Co ethnic group, Song Hinh district, Phu Yen. Despite their impoverished backgrounds, both girls dream of becoming models. Thach Linh sponsored all their accommodation and travel expenses so that they could walk on the show’s professional stage.

Together with Thach Linh, the participation of southern designers also contributed to honoring cultural heritage and promoting tourism in various regions of the country.

Charlotte Pho