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Vietnamese designer honored for contributions to Asian fashion

Thursday, August 04, 2016, 18:27 GMT+7

A Vietnamese designer has recently been honored by a Thai organization for her contributions to Asian fashion.

Famed couturier Dang Thi Minh Hanh was celebrated by the Support Arts and Crafts International Centre of Thailand (SACICT) over her sophisticated fashion works.

Hanh, along with six other Vietnamese designers, was nominated for the ASEAN Selection 2016, an event which aims to promote traditional arts in Southeast Asian countries.

She was the only one among the team honored by SACICT, a public organization which is meant to propel Thai arts and craft products toward local and international recognition.

The official honoring ceremony is slated to take place on August 15 at the Museum of Siam, where the Queen of Thailand will be the presenter.

In a short interview with Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper, the Vietnamese designer said she was surprised at the honor.

“I am proud to have contributed to the preservation of Vietnam’s traditional handicrafts through my works,” she added.

Hanh disclosed to Tuoi Tre her plan to introduce some traditional, hand-embroidered products at the upcoming ceremony in the hope of bringing foreigners a new perspective on Vietnamese fashion.

In 1997, Hanh won the New Designer prize at the Asia Collection Makuhari Fashion Show held in Japan.

The designer was awarded the title of Chevalier of Culture and Art in France in 2006.

Last year, she was named the winner of the arts and culture category of the Fukuoka Prize.

Born in 1961 in the Central Highlands city of Pleiku, Hanh is a fashion designer having a special interest in ao dai (Vietnam’s traditional long gowns).

She is well known for her creative, unique designs which impress both local and international enthusiasts.

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