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American singer Kacey Musgraves angers Vietnam fans for wearing pants-less ‘ao dai’

Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 10:28 GMT+7
American singer Kacey Musgraves angers Vietnam fans for wearing pants-less ‘ao dai’
American singer Kacey Musgraves wears the Vietnamese long gown ‘ao dai’ without trousers in these now-deleted photos posted to her Instagram account.

Kacey Musgraves, a six-time Grammy winner, has come under criticism in Vietnam after videos surfaced of her performance in the United States last week in which the singer was filmed wearing the ‘ao dai,' Vietnam’s traditional long gown, without its long trousers.

The controversial performance took place during a concert in Dallas, Texas last Thursday night.

Musgraves performed in front of thousands wearing a yellow ao dai, but opted to do without the flared bottoms that go with the traditional gown, exposing her legs and undergarments.

American singer Kacey Musgraves performs at a concert in Dallas, Texas wearing the Vietnamese long gown ‘ao dai’ without trousers. Video: YouTube

The fashion faux pas has drawn criticism from Vietnamese celebrities and netizens after fan-recorded videos of the performance emerged on social media.

“Before you put on the traditional attire of any country, the least you can do is look up information on how local people wear it in their country,” Vietnamese actress Ngo Thanh Van wrote on Facebook.

“This is disrespectful behavior and shows an artist’s ignorance.”

American singer Kacey Musgraves performs at a concert in Dallas, Texas wearing the Vietnamese long gown ‘ao dai’ without trousers. Photo: Dallas Observer

American singer Kacey Musgraves performs at a concert in Dallas, Texas wearing the Vietnamese long gown ao dai without trousers. Photo: Dallas Observer

Musgraves also posted photos of her posing in the pants-less ao dai on Instagram prior to the Dallas show.

The revealing photos have been taken down from the photo-sharing social network as of Monday morning.

The 'ao dai' is a Vietnamese national garment, worn by both sexes but now most commonly put on by women. In its current form, it is a tight-fitting, double-flapped silk tunic worn over trousers.

American singer Kacey Musgraves performs at a concert in Dallas, Texas wearing the Vietnamese long gown ‘ao dai’ without trousers. Photo: Dallas Observer

American singer Kacey Musgraves performs at a concert in Dallas, Texas wearing the Vietnamese long gown ao dai without trousers. Photo: Dallas Observer

Musgraves, 31, has won six Grammy Awards, including 2019's Album of The Year award for her fourth studio album ‘Golden Hour.'

The American singer has not made a public statement on the wardrobe gaffe.

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