Vietnamese actresses and models show off a collection of traditional garments inspired by outfits worn in Saigon in the 1960s and 1970s.
At the Vietnam International Fashion Week in Saigon on December 5, 2020, designer Bao Bao creates nostalgia with his show called Celebrities in which his models resemble Saigon celebrities of the 60s and 70s, for many of whom the ao dai was the daily outfit.
Model Giang My opens the show in an ao dai decorated with stones and patterns found on the Dong Son bronze drums, a sacred symbol of the Vietnamese.
Model Ngoc Trinh wears relaxed pants and a long-sleeve shirt with a puff hairstyle, popular among Saigon women in the past.
Terraced fields from Vietnam’s northern mountains appear on model Vo Hoang Yen’s ao dai, which is also decorated with stones. In the 60s, the ao dai was often paired with a short wavy hairstyle.
Crystals and feathers give the white ao dai worn by model Quynh Anh elegance.
Model Hoang Dung in an ao dai with a map of Vietnam.
Actors Hai Trieu (L) and BB Trans wear an ao dai and an ao ba ba. The latter, which includes a pair of silk pants and a collarless, long-sleeved shirt, is a traditional costumethat has become a symbol of southern women.
A lace ao dai with black pants. The pants were popular in the 60s and 70s.
Bao’s collection also features silk cloaks for women…
… And handbags. “I love creativity and challenging myself in diverse areas,” the designer explains. “I was a makeup artist, then I became a director, an ao dai designer and now a bag maker.”
Bao with his muses at the show.
Photos by Team Kieng Can.
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