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The beauty of aùo daøi (traditional long dress) and its diversified adaptations are reflected through exhibits at the AÙo Daøi Museum in HCM City.
Founded in 2014 by designer Leâ Só Hoaøng, the museum has become a popular destination for Vietnamese and foreign tourists.
Located in Long Thuaän Garden, District 9, the 2ha museum embraces traditional wooden architecture with rice fields, bamboo bridges and lotus ponds.
Designer Hoaøng said it took 12 years for him to establish the museum thanks to his love for the traditional attire.
"The long robes have aesthetic, historic and cultural values," he said.
"The dresses help people look more graceful, but also require them to behave and move carefully due to the sophisticated designs and long folds."
"The dresses show off the beauty and elegance of both men and women."
From the basic design in the 17th century, the dress has changed from the Le Mur long dress in the 1930s, the hippy long design in 1960s and other designs inspired by different cultures from around the world.
Hoaøng said the aùo daøi was an important expression of traditional culture and the national costume. Both men and women wore the dress on important occasions, so the museum was opened to honour it.
"I hope the museum will preserve the Vietnamese long dress and promote it around the world," said Hoaøng.
At the museum, visitors can view 500 long dresses from different periods, from the first designs in the 17th century to the modern designs today.
On display are garments owned by the Nguyeãn (18021945) royal family, and dresses belonging to the country's first female general Nguyeãn Thò Ñònh (1920-92), as well as former Vice President Nguyeãn Thò Bình who signed the Paris Peace Accords in 1973 on behalf of the National Front for the Liberation of South Vieät Nam, and diplomat Toân Nöõ Thò Ninh.
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