Vietnam traditional dresses grace imperial city

June 13, 2006


An ao dai (traditional dress) fashion show Thursday night on imperial Hue city’s Huong (Perfume) River featured 300 styles, representative of the ancient city’s distinctive features.

Themed “Moon over the Huong River”, the show is part of the on-going Festival Hue 2006, the largest biennial cultural event in Vietnam.

Beautiful Vietnamese models in ao dai stood or sat on decorated boats passing back and forth, to be watched by tens of thousands of viewers.

Each of the distinctive Vietnamese traditional dresses or ao dai is ornately embroidered with royal patterns, dragons, phoenixes or the city sceneries.

Ao dai is a tunic and floor-length garment worn by women and men alike in former Vietnam that bears some resemblance to Shanghai’s gowns and Japan’s kimonos.

Hue – Vietnam’s former capital – is a main tourist attraction in central Vietnam and has been recognized by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage site.

The Huong River is famous for its elegance and charm.

Source: Tuoi Tre – Translated by Hoang Bao


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