An exhibition highlighting the national costume of Vietnam, Ao dai, is going on at the War Remnants Museum in Ho Chi Minh City.
Featuring more than 30 Ao dais, worn by women prisoners, politicians, soldiers and students who played significant roles in the devastating Vietnam War, the event is titled as ‘Vietnamese women’s ao dai through war’.
Aimed to promote and preserve the national attire, the display also includes some 90 photographs featuring ao dai designs, 16 documents such as poems on the gorgeous long traditional Vietnamese outfit and sewing machines.
Scheduled to run till December 17, 2013, the event will additionally host seminars on December 7 and 14, 2013, on the historical garb.
Ao dai, which has its roots in the five-panelled aristocratic gowns worn at the courts of Nguy?n Lords at Hu? in the 18th century, has been continuously evolving through centuries.
The latest form of Ao dai, commonly worn by women in present times, includes a tight-fitting silk tunic teamed with loose-fit pants.