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VN, Italy to present fashion fusion

Update: November, 15/2013 - 08:45

HA NOI (VNS) — A fashion show highlighting the beauty of Viet Nam and Italy will take place in Le Phung Hieu Street, one of the most romantic streets in Ha Noi, tonight.

The Angles of Italy which features designs by noted designers Cong Khanh and Minh Hanh is one of the activities celebrating 40 years of diplomatic relations between Viet Nam and Italy.

It is also part of Viet Nam's strategy to develop the fashion industry.

Fashion forward: A design by Cong Khanh (below) is inspired by the Renaissance. Vietnamese traditional ao dai printed with Italy's typical art and architecture features will be presented at the show. — File Photos

Designer Khanh will present 30 designs inspired by the Renaissance using a lustrous Vietnamese satin.

Designer Hanh will present sophisticated variations on tribal brocades and 3D embroidery technology on raw linen textiles from the H'Mong people in Ha Giang Province. She will also use crocodile leather.

Whilst it is the first time for young designer Khanh, this will be third time Hanh has worked with the Italian Embassy in Ha Noi to organise the show. Both recently visited Turin in Italy on a business trip, and the city impressed them with its gothic art and architecture.

"In my opinion, culture exchanges should not be about entertainment. They should have practical values that can be applied in a particular field, and in this case, Viet Nam's fashion industry," Hanh told a press conference yesterday.

Besides professional Vietnamese models, Italian children living in Viet Nam will appear in traditional Vietnamese traditional ao dai and sing Italian folk songs backed by talented pianist Pho An My.

"The highlight of the show will be a performance by little Italian angels wearing the traditional Vietnamese ao dai. I will use the stained glass often found in Italian castles, particularly in Torino [Turin] – a cultural centre in northern Italy," Hanh said.

"The angels' wings are the two flaps of the ao dai printed with special patterns – the quintessence of Italy."

"My collection is quite liberal and a bit sexy, but it closely follows the disciplines of art and fashion."

Regarding the idea to host the show outdoors, Italian Ambassador to Viet Nam Lorenzo Angeloni said: "Le Phung Hieu Street has become an Italian corner of Ha Noi. In this open setting, viewers will enjoy to the full the beautiful, sophisticated and practical designs which are common features in both Vietnamese and Italian fashion."

The show starts at 7pm in front of Casa Italia (Italy House) at 18 Le Phung Hieu Street. — VNS

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