Preserving cultural quintessence

February 10, 2023 | 09:59
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With the opportunity to promote traditional cultural values, Dang Thi Ngoc Han has demonstrated her seriousness and desire by pursuing success in the fashion industry and building her own ao dai brand.

Dang Thi Ngoc Han, who was crowned Miss Vietnam in 2010, chose to be an ao dai designer to promote its charms to the community. Over several years, Ao Dai Ngoc Han has become a favourite brand of the Vietnamese fashion world, bringing not only exquisite costumes but also creations imbued with national cultural identity.

Preserving cultural quintessence

Han shared that for her, ao dai is not only a costume, but also a part of the cultural beauty of the Vietnamese people. She hopes her designs can become a bridge promoting culture exchange and connecting the world, helping international friends love the beauty of Vietnamese culture and its people. This is the driving force that motivates her to weave her passion for art and fashion into her every ao dai model.

“Hanoi and many scenic spots of Vietnam have become my endless creative inspiration. I feel proud when many international friends have expressed their love and interest in the traditional cultural values of Vietnam when I wear ao dai at domestic and overseas events,” Han said.

Preserving cultural quintessence

However, the modern ao dai has many versions with different styles and designs, many of which are innovative designs that are not suitable for the fine customs and culture of Vietnamese people.

At the time of building her own ao dai brand, Han immediately thought of the need to preserve the beauty of the traditional ao dai and at the same time to spread it to international friends. Her designs feature elegant modesty and classic beauty, focusing on the design of the collar and sleeves to the embroidered motifs on each ao dai model.

“To be able to design a delicate ao dai that expresses national culture, it is necessary to have a great love and passion for ao dai as well as for the traditional beauty of the nation,” she said.

Han always wants her designs to be consistent with the trend of the times, but still have to keep the unique identity of the Vietnamese people. Therefore, she always pays attention to every detail such as fabrics, colours, and textures.

“The current trend is to return to traditional values. In contact with the fashion world and foreign cultural workers, I realised that when I put traditional cultural values into fashion, the creations will be more loved and appreciated,” Han said.

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