Charming Vietnam

December 17, 2006

Three homegrown designers to inspire Charming Vietnam


A top Vietnamese designer and two young colleagues will dress up a bevy of beauties for Thanh Nien’s annual fashion and music bash scheduled for Dec. 30-31.


Kieu Viet Lien, the only Vietnamese to obtain certificates from Richard Ribinson’s Fashion School in Canada and Haute Couture-ESMOD in France, was nevertheless, nervous before the big event.

“Charming Vietnam is such a big name that all designers are anxious for our dresses to be distinctive.”

Her collection at the 16th Charming Vietnam would be her most carefully done and feature gemstones and crystals.

Her younger counterparts, Thuan Viet and Angel Phan, real name Phan Thi Phung, both around 25, were also nervous.

Thuan Viet, whose Ao dai (Vietnamese traditional costume) collection will feature for the second time at Charming Vietnam, said: “This is such a great opportunity and challenge that I am trying my best to make my dresses impressive.”

Viet, who worked under his senior Sy Hoang last year, was also, however, happy to come out of the shadow and put on his own display, titled Night sea paradise.

Phan, a newcomer to Charming Vietnam, said she had visited mountain town Sapa and some provinces in the north to pick up unusual materials for her collection, Wave.

A student beauty and model, Phan has become one of Vietnam’s most talented designers.

The three will use over 30 top models, including 2005 Miss Universe, Russia’s Natalie Glebova; Miss Thailand 2006, Charm Warin Osathmond; the current Miss Vietnam, Mai Phuong Thuy; and the two runners-up, Luu Bao Anh and Nguyen Thi Ngoc Lan.

As usual, the event will also feature popular local and overseas singers and performers.

Overseas Vietnamese composer and singer Duc Huy, and Vietnamese beauty queen and international magician Ngo My Uyen will host the show themed ‘Moon’.

Charming Vietnam (Duyen dang Viet Nam) was launched by Thanh Nien in 1990 to raise funds for the Nguyen Thai Binh Scholarship Fund for economically disadvantaged students.

Now the most watched show in the country, it has so far underwritten around 5,000 scholarships worth more than VND7 billion (US$436,000).

Last year it was held abroad for the first time – in Australia – to rave reviews.

This year it is scheduled to be held at the five-star Hon Ngoc Viet (Vinpearl) resort. 

Reported by Da Ly – Translated by Luu Thi Hong


A documentary on the war in Vietnam entitled ‘Chat Doc Da Cam’ (Agent Orange) produced by Japanese Masako Sakata is now on screen at the 28th Latin America New Film International Film Festival in La Habana, Cuba.

The film recalls events occurring in 1970s of the last century when Vietnam was in fierce war. During the war, the US sprayed defoliation which destroyed the environment and harmed Vietnamese people.

The film’s director Masako Sakata herself is a victim of the Agent Orange. Her husband, an American veteran who joined the Vietnam war, passed away a couple of years ago due to the aftermath of the Agent Orange.

The film also touches upon the misery of Vietnamese families whose members are in disease or deformed due to the Agent Orange.



Ten students from four universities in Vietnam have received the Honda Yes Award, a prize for talented engineers and young scientists conferred by the Honda Foundation and Honda Vietnam Co.

Each student received a US$3,000 scholarship and a VND14.9 million ($925.8) Wave RS motorbike made by Honda Vietnam.

Of the winners, four from the Hanoi University of Technology, three from the Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology, two from the Technology College under the Hanoi National University, and one from the Danang University of Technology.

In addition to the award, they are eligible to apply for a $10,000 post-graduate scholarship in Japan.

Honda Vietnam said that Honda Yes Award is part of the $10 million Honda Social Fund for the 2006-2010 period.

The award aims to discover and foster young talents in science and technology.

Source: VNA