When Vietnam’s Ao Dai Meets Thai Silk

Ao dai (traditional long dress) is expected to be not only an iconic cultural value of Vietnam but also a Vietnamese tourism ambassador to Thai people.

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When Vietnam's Ao Dai Meets Thai Silk
The show of “Ao Dai Meets Thai Silk” Final show of the opening day of 3rd International Thai Silk Fashion Week 2022. Photos by organisers

A fashion show with the theme “Vietnamese ‘Ao dai’ meet Thai silk” took place in Bangkok on December 7, VNA reported Thursday.

The show, organised by Vietnam’s Embassy to Thailand, the Association of Thai Silk Promotion and the Association of Thai Culture and Promotion, came within the framework of the third Thai Silk International Fashion Week that runs from December 6 to 12.

Received an invitation from the Vietnamese Embassy in Thailand, 5 famous Vietnamese designers including Le Thi Lan Huong, Tran Thien Khanh, Ngo Nhat Huy, Duy Hoang, Ruby Tran have introduced traditional, modern and creative collections of Vietnamese traditional Ao dai to the public in Thailand and around the world.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Thailand Phan Chi Thanh said that the show was expected to bring new value to the “ao dai” (traditional long dress) so that it will be not only an iconic cultural value of Vietnam but also a Vietnamese tourism ambassador to Thai people.

The program opened with a performance of national costumes from 3 designers Tran Thien Khanh, Ngo Nhat Huy and Ruby Tran.
The program opened with collections from 3 designers Tran Thien Khanh, Ngo Nhat Huy and Ruby Tran.

Local designer Ngo Nhat Huy debuted his latest Ao Dai (long dress) collection at the fashion week. The collection makes use of both Vietnamese and Thai silk as the key material, whilst also featuring traditional patterns such as lilies, roses, and chrysanthemums, according VOV.

The designs clearly show the culture exchange between the two neighbouring countries, and at the same time send a message about people’s responsibility towards environmental protection, Huy said.

The event saw Thuy Tien, Miss Grand International 2021, take on the role as vedette.

The other celebrities invited to model Huy’s collection include Fom Natrawee Chiarasathid, Miss Earth Water Thailand 2022, Bao Ngoc, Miss Intercontinental 2022, and Ha Kieu Anh, Miss Vietnam 1992.

These collections will be luxuriously and creatively designed on Thai and Vietnamese silk, thereby honoring the Vietnamese Ao Dai as a cultural heritage, promoting closeness and exchange between the two peoples.
These collections will be luxuriously and creatively designed on Thai and Vietnamese silk, thereby honoring the Vietnamese Ao Dai as a cultural heritage, promoting closeness and exchange between the two peoples.
Designer Ngo Nhat Huy (C) introduces his Ao Dai collection at the International Thai Silk Fashion Week held in Bangkok, Thailand on December 7.
Designer Ngo Nhat Huy (C) introduces his Ao Dai collection at the International Thai Silk Fashion Week held in Bangkok, Thailand on December 7.
When Vietnam's Ao Dai Meets Thai Silk
Designer Elite Artist Le Thi Lan Huong has brought Ao dzai Meet Thai Silk collection Prosperous Planet.
Designer Le Thi Lan Huong has brought the collection ‘Prosperous Planet’.

On this occassion, the Embassy of Vietnam in Thailand, AMATA Group, the Thailand-Vietnam Friendship Association (TVFA) among others were jointly organizing a talk show on “Fashion and Sustainable Development in Thailand and Vietnam”.

The event was presided by Vietnamese Ambassador Phan Chi Thanh and guests from Vietnam and Thailand, including representatives from diplomatic sectors, business sectors, designers and supermodels to celebrate cultural heritage and to build links across Thailand and Vietnam.

Three beauty queens from Vietnam, namely Miss Intercontinental 2022, Miss World Vietnam 2022 and 1st runner up of Miss World Vietnam 2019 also presented at the event.

The talk show’s panelists discussed fashion and sustainability, exploring opportunities and challenges in the fast-paced, ever evolving fashion industry to meet today’s trends of sustainability, including economic development, social responsibility and environment.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Thailand Phan Chi Thanh and his spouse at the event.
Vietnamese Ambassador to Thailand Phan Chi Thanh and his spouse at the event.

The International Thai Silk Fashion Week jointly organised by the Association of Thai Silk Promotion and the Association of Thai Culture and Promotion is running from December 6 to 11.

The third Thai Silk International Fashion Week this year has a special meaning as a tribute to the 90th birthday of Queen Sirikit, the Queen Mother of Thailand.

The event aims at promoting Thai silk and creates opportunities to strengthen cooperation and cultural exchanges between Thailand and other countries, especially in the fields of art, fashion, and textiles. More than 100 Thai and international designers participate in designing costumes with Thai silk.

The event expects to attract designers from 60 countries and about 10,000 visitors.

Hannah Nguyen