Unique mu­seum ded­i­cated to

Viet Nam News - - ART -

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.

Sto­ries about these long dresses and their own­ers are also fea­tured.

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