𝐕𝐢𝐞𝐭𝐧𝐚𝐦𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐝𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐧𝐨𝐭 𝐣𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐚 𝐜𝐨𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐦𝐞, 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐚 𝐠𝐥𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐜𝐮𝐥𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐕𝐢𝐞𝐭 𝐍𝐚𝐦 𝐰𝐡𝐢𝐜𝐡 𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐝 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐥𝐨𝐨𝐤 𝐢𝐧 𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐕𝐢𝐞𝐭𝐧𝐚𝐦𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞, 𝐚𝐧 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐢𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐕𝐢𝐞𝐭 𝐍𝐚𝐦
The long dress or Ao Dai was first worn under Lord Nguyen Phuc Khoat's regime. Ao Dai has been numerous changes in the design often based upon the whims of the current ruler, nevertheless, Ao Dai still retains its distinctive Vietnamese identity.
Currently, with increasing exchanges among different cultures, Vietnamese clothing becomes more diverse and fashionable, reflecting a higher level of integration, especially that of urban youth. Two laps of the Ao Dai costume extend from the neck down to the ankles and wrap around the feet, with cuffs that touch the ground. The cuts have become bolder and styles are now varied, some are even embellished with numerous embroidery and detailed patterns.
In Viet Nam, Ao Dai are dresses for all ages. It has become the standard costume for formal occasions or national holidays, weddings, New Year's Day, graduation day or in important competitions. When attending a special event or appearing on television, Vietnamese women always dress “ao dai” simply because it is an ideal combination of beauty, modesty, and grace. In addition, Ao Dai is also highly regarded as the symbol of proper behavior, and women often wear it on their visits to temples and churches.
It is not surprising that the long-lasting impression on any foreigners visiting Vietnam is the elegant beauty of the Vietnamese women in their Ao Dai.
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Model: Ngoc Tran
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