Temple of Literature to host ao dai festival

The festival aims to honour female beauty on International Women's Day that falls on March 8. Nineteen designers from across the country will present their latest collection of ‘ao dai’ inspired by various flowers.

"Each flower has its own meaning. Designers chose a flower for their ‘ao dai’ collection themselves to express their respect for women," designer Minh Hạnh said.

"At this festival, people will see the collections designed for all people, including old women and men, children and the disabled," Hạnh said.

Ha Noi-based designer Do Trinh Hoai Nam has chosen the Antigone flower for his 20-model collection. The Antigone collection is made of silk, tussore and taffeta, with patterns of flowers and butterflies.

“All flowers are very beautiful. I think Antigone has a mysterious beauty,” designer Nam said.”The festival of ao dai will be a story of flowers. My Antigone flower ao dai collection will tell a love story that has ups and downs in the emotions between lovers.”

The ao dai collection by the 19 designers will be held at the Temple of Literature, which was built in 1070 by King Ly Thanh Tong who dedicated it to Confucius. It is regarded as the first university of Viet Nam.

Lanterns and candles will be lit from the Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam's main gate to Thien Quang Well (Well of Heavenly Clarity) in the third courtyard during the festival.

About 50 young girls from Viet Nam Women's Academy, dressed in ao dai, will welcome visitors and present them fresh and beautiful lotuses. The highlight of the ao dai show on the night of March 4 will be the ramp walk of Tra Giang, Thanh Tu, Nhu Quynh and Italian ambassador Cecilia Piccioni.

The artists, who are 70 to 80 years old, still represent the beauty of Vietnamese women. They have worn ao dai in daily life and on screen many times, but this is the first time the well-known artists will wear ao dai as models. 

The ao dai festival at Van Mieu - Quoc Tu Giam from March 1 to 3 is open to all people. The ao dai performance on the night of March 4 will be broadcast live on Ha Noi Television.

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