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Designer brings lacquer art to áo dài

Update: April, 22/2017 - 08:45
Velvet touch: Cotton padded coat combined with modern skirt.
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — Designer Xuân Thu will introduce her latest collection inspired by traditional lacquer art at a fashion show at the National Museum of Vietnamese History on Sunday.

Thu named her fashion show “Son” (Red) after the popular colour used in lacquer art. The show will feature three collections of áo dài (traditional long dress), áo bông (cotton padded jackets) and modern clothes.

She used brocade, raw silk and chiffon for her áo dài designs in brown and a reddish-brown. Decorative pattern of lotus, like those found on ceramic wares of 11th -15th century appear on many items in the collection.

“On these items, folk handicrafts symbolised by lotus petals, strings of daisies and patterns on ancient ceramic will tell their own tales,” Thu told Việt Nam News, “I want my fashion to be not only for wearing but also a connection between folk tradition and modern culture.”

The same fashion show also showcases her latest collection of áo bông (cotton padded jacket) sewed totally by hand, using velvet material.

The show will feature noted pianist Phó An My and lighting director Đặng Xuân Trường.

Thu is the creative director of two fashion brands. Xthu includes office designs, casual clothes, fashion accessories; and Nguyen Galli offers cotton padded jackets, áo dài, coats, and handmade haute couture clothes.

In 2015 she introduced her Duyên (Charm) collection using brown flower patterns of 15th -17th century ceramic wares.

The show will start at 7.30pm, Sunday, at No 1 Tràng Tiền Street. — VNS


Contemporary: Modern casual dress by Xuân Thu.
Lacquer art: One of the áo dài at the show. — Courtesy Photos of Xuân Thu

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