Ao Dai design contest honours national costume

An Ao Dai design contest has been jointly launched by the Vietnam Women’s Union and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, aiming to promote both the image and the cultural values of the traditional long dress in Vietnamese society.
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ao dai design contest honours national costume
Ao Dai design contest honors national costume. (Photo: Hoa Hoc Tro)

Each entrant is allowed to submit a total of five separate designs for consideration by the competition’s organizing board.

Entries can either be of Ao Dai designs for women or for children of a variety of different ages and are encouraged to combine modernity with tradition.

The organizers are set to prioritize designs that make use of traditional materials such as silk, brocade, and embroidered patterns.

All submissions must be original and must not have competed in other fashion design contests previously.

With the deadline for entries set for June 30, the competition’s preliminary round will take place from July 1 to July 10.

The contest’s best 60 designs will then compete to progress to the final round which is set to take place from October 5 to October 10, following an online vote for the public’s favorite designs from September 20 to September 30.

The awards are set to be divided into two categories, with one prize going to amateur entries while another will go to professional designs. Each category will have one first-place prize, two second-place prizes, three third-place prizes, and four consolation prizes.

Some of the sub-categories on offer include awards for the most creative ideas, the best young designer, and the most popular design.

An awards ceremony and an Ao Dai fashion show will get underway in a ceremony to mark 90 years since the founding of the Vietnam Women’s Union on October 20, 2020.

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(Source: NDO)