|A poster for the talk on áo dài by designer Minh Hạnh in Fukuoka on November 8. — Photo dantri.vn|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Noted designer Minh Hạnh has been invited by UNESCO to give a talk on the traditional Vietnamese long dress (áo dài) on November 8, in Fukuoka, Japan.
The talk will be about the development of áo dài since the beginning of the 19th century, while models including Ngọc Hân, Thủy Tiên and Kim Dung will wear typical examples of áo dài throughout history, from áo dài Lê Phổ (1930), áo dài Le Mur (1930), áo dài of the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s to áo dài of the 21st century and áo dài of the future.
Designer Minh Hạnh has made great efforts to promote áo dài for it to be recognised as a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage.
In 2016, she was presented with the prestigious Fukuoka Prize for Arts and Culture in Fukuoka.
She is the second Vietnamese to receive the prize after historian, Professor Phan Huy Lê in 1996.
She was honoured with the Special Award in Asia Collection in 1997 in Japan, which was the first international competition in which she took part.
In 2006, she received the Award of Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government. — VNS
|Designer Minh Hạnh (third from left) poses with models at the awards ceremony for the Fukuoka Prize for Arts and Culture in Fukuoka in 2016. — Photo designs.vn|