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 The imperial beauty

Grand fashion show of Vietnamese traditional dress (the Ao dai) was featured as a highlight at international Festival Hue 2008, Vietnam.


Miss Vietnam 2010

Dang Thi Ngoc Han, a 21-year-old arts student from Hanoi was crowned Miss Vietnam 2010 (August 14, 2010) after beating 36 other candidates from across the country at Tuan Chau resort in the northern province of Quang Ninh on August 14. Han, who stands 1.73m and has measurements of 83-63-93, is studying at the Hanoi University of Industrial Fine Arts and has been modelling since she was 16. (Source:

Dynastic seals of the imperial Hue city, Vietnam was the quintessential theme for the collection “Ancient traces” accompanied by Vietnamese gentle music and the opulent imperial backdrop of Hue.


The tangible and intangible values of Hue’s Palaces was again depicted on the alluring Ao Dais, all provoked the sense of living in the exquisite and splendid royal ambiance of the past.

Click here for a close-up shot for the traditional Ao dai. and what an Ao dai is.


Beauty of the southern Vietnamese ladies – a film shot

The shot was taken in the closing ceremony of the biennial Hue Festival (Vietnam’s biggest showcase of arts, music and dance). The stage is also recognized by Vietnam Guiness Records as the biggest performing stage of Vietnamese pastoral scenes.

About Vietnamese “Áo Bà Ba”:

Áo bà ba (or Vietnamese silk pajamas) is a traditional Vietnamese costume. It is most associated with southern Vietnam, especially in rural areas. The áo bà ba simply consists of a pair of silk pants and a long-sleeved, button-down silk shirt. The shirt will be somewhat long and split at the sides of the waist, forming two flaps. In the front of the shirt at the very bottom are typically two pockets.

The garment’s simplicity and versatility has contributed to its popularity, as it is used by an overwhelming amount of the population, whether in rural or urban areas. It can be worn while laboring or lounging. Modern versions allow countless different designs, colors, and embroidery, which have allowed the costume’s transition into modern Vietnamese fashion as well.

All of this makes it easy to explain the costume’s natural presence in almost every aspect of Vietnamese life. (wikipedia)


The Vietnamese alphabet – a film shot


Installation art performance in my home city of Hue, Vietnam.

The Vietnamese alphabet, called Chữ Quốc Ngữ (script of the national language), usually shortened to Quốc Ngữ (national language), is the current writing system for the Vietnamese language. (Wikipedia)

The alphabet has the following 29 letters:
a ă â b c
d đ e ê g
h i k l m
n o ô ơ p
q r s t u
ư v x y


HUE FESTIVAL 2009: Viet’s intense folk music~


In shot: a performance of “Hát xẩm” – traditional form of Vietnamese folk music. Taken at the opening ceremony rehearsal of the 2009 Fair & Exhibition of Vietnam’s Craft Villages, Hue Festival 2009. More shots of the festival to come~

Traditional Vietnamese music is highly diverse and syncretistic, combining native and foreign influences. Throughout its history, Vietnam has been most heavily impacted by the Chinese musical tradition, as an integral part, along with Korea, Mongolia and Japan. The ancient Indochinese kingdom of Champa also had a very significant historical effect upon this music, because the Vietnamese court found it intriguing. (wikipedia)


 text & photo by Vũ Phạm photographer

view more at his flickr By Vu Pham in Vietnam



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