France honors Vietnamese fashion designer

June 12, 2006

Vietnamese designer Minh Hanh  

France has conferred on Vietnamese designer Minh Hanh the “Knight of Art and Literature” award for her contribution to promoting Franco-Vietnam cultural cooperation, particularly in fashion.

French Minister of Culture and Information Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres announced the decision in a letter sent recently to Hanh, director of the Vietnam Fashion Design Institute (Fadin).

The award is given to people making a great contribution to the development of literature and arts in France and the world.

Hanh has got it in recognition of her outstanding activities to strengthen Vietnam-France relations in the fashion industry through programs signed with the French Fashion Design Institute.

Hanh, one of Vietnam’s leading ao dai (traditional Vietnamese dress) designers, has also collaborated with French directors and artists to direct Vietnamese and French cultural programs at Vietnam’s Festival Hue and introduced Vietnamese fashion in France.

She was once invited to study fashion in France for two months when she held a fashion show White Night which left strong impression on French audiences.

Source: Tuoi Tre, Sai Gon Giai Phong – Translated by Thu Thuy

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