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Vietnam’s heritage showcased on fashion runway in Malaysia

Thursday, May 23, 2019, 18:02 GMT+7
Vietnam’s heritage showcased on fashion runway in Malaysia
Models walk the runway wearing Ho Tran Da Thao’s newest collection, Dau an duong dai, at Penang Fashion Week in Malaysia during the first weekend in May

Vietnamese designer Ho Tran Da Thao has introduced her country’s heritage to the world through a fashion collection she debuted at Penang Fashion Week in Malaysia earlier this month.

Thao’s Dau Ann Duong Dai, or “Contemporary Marks," collection features dresses inspired by some of Vietnam’s most awe-inspiring sights.

Thao, who owns the TSAFARI fashion label, says her own travel experience has also helped shape her artwork.

“This collection started to come together after I toured the country,” the designer said.

“I wanted to keep a record of the impressions I got from Vietnam’s beautiful landscape and landmarks so that I could introduce them to others through elegant outfits.”

A model showcases a dress featuring a Vietnamese village, part of Ho Tran Da Thao’s newest collection -  Dau an duong dai

A model showcases a dress featuring a Vietnamese village, part of Ho Tran Da Thao’s newest collection, Dau An Duong Dai

Thao’s dresses spotlight several of the country’s national landmarks, including Ben Thanh Market and the city hall of Ho Chi Minh City, villages in northern Vietnam, and lakes covered with lotus flowers.

As a contrast to her previous collections, the Dau An Duong Dai collection is simple and minimalistic, predominantly featuring white, blue, black, and green. 

The accessories worn by her models included bold and bright orange, yellow, and blue in order to accentuate female strength, confidence, optimism, and beauty.

A model showcases a dress featuring a Vietnamese village, part of Ho Tran Da Thao’s newest collection -  Dau an duong dai

A model showcases a dress featuring a Vietnamese village, part of Ho Tran Da Thao’s newest collection, Dau An Duong Dai

Penang Fashion Week is an annual fashion event showcasing well-known fashion brands from around the world, including Michael Kors, Tory Burch, Charles & Keith, and Pedro. This year’s event ran from May 3 to May 5, 2019.

Ho Tran Da Thao is a renowned and influential designer in Ho Chi Minh City, known for her nature-inspired dresses, as well as her own brand TSAFARI, which has stores in several markets including Canada, Singapore, the UK, the U.S., and Hong Kong.

Thao graduated from the University of Social Sciences and Humanities under the Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City, with a bachelor’s degree in literature in 2001 and attained a certificate in fashion/apparel design from Australia’s leading vocational provider TAFE NSW that same year.

Check out these photos of Thao’s most recent collection Dau An Duong Dai:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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