|A design from designer Tri's collection which will be shown at Asian Fashion Meets Tokyo. — Photo vnexpress.net
HCM CITY (VNS) — Designer Nguyen Cong Tri will be the only Vietnamese representative to participate in the Asian Fashion Meets Tokyo show from March 14 to 19.
Tri will showcase his latest haute couture creations made of Vietnamese traditional My A silk.
Tri said he was inspired by images of Vietnamese women in ao ba ba (a typical casual wear in the south) working in paddy fields.
"The image of Vietnamese women working hard in paddy fields is always beautiful to me," Tri said.
All designs in the collection, including trousers and dresses, are inspired by the ao ba ba.
Tri has used My A silk for the haute couture collection. My A silk is a traditional silk fabric from Tan Chau in the southern An Giang Province, which is dyed with latex from the mac nua fruit.
My A silk is seen as a rare material because mac nua latex is harvested during the second half of the year.
It takes three months to dye 1,000m of silk with the latex in two tones of the mac nua fruit. In the past, upper-class people liked My A silk because it's shiny, long-wearing and water-resistant.
Tri bought My A silk on order from weaving shops in An Giang Province to add a Vietnamese character to his creations.
"I'm Vietnamese. Vietnamese culture is always an endless source of inspiration for my collection," he said.
Tri's collection will be displayed on March 15 at Shibuya Hikarie Hall A.
Tri said he did not organise any publicity in 2015, because he needed a break for creativity.
"I always want people to be really surprised with my new collections," he said. His previous collection opened the Viet Nam International Fashion Week 2014 and was a huge surprise for the audience.
Tri spent most of his time in 2015 in Las Vegas to learn from similar shows. He was also a judge of the TV fashion show, entitled Project Runway, on Viet Nam Television.
Tri is also a pioneer who brought international haute couture standards to Vietnamese concepts about made-to-measure fashion.
He has offered state-of-the-art, Paris-like designs, tailor-made for the Vietnamese people with top-quality and trendy fabrics produced with advanced techniques and stunning craftsmanship.
Tri has his own way of telling a story with each collection, paying homage to the traditional values he grew up with.
The fashion week to be held in Tokyo is the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Tokyo. It will be hosted by the Japan Fashion Week Organisation and is held twice a year in March and October.
The latest creations of designers from Japan, Indonesia and Viet Nam will be showcased at Shibuya Hikarie and Mercedes Benz Connection. — VNS