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Cultural Series – The history and evolution of the Vietnamese áo dài

March 26, 2023 @ 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM


This is a morning event

‘Do you remember when I said:
“When you come with me,
Please don’t forget your blue ao dai.”
Dear, who would suspect that
Such a color as that loving blue
Would never fade?’   The “The Blue Ao Dai” by Doan Chuan – Tu Linh (1955).

Vietnam’s national dress – the áo dài – has long been featured in songs, poetry, art, literature, and is an iconic symbol of the country.    It is a style of dress for both women and men with an ancient history that goes far deeper than today’s  women’s áo dài . Come along to this event and learn the secrets that the  áo dài holds.

The name áo dài  was originally given to the  outfits worn at the court of the Nguyen lords in Hue in the 18th century.  It evolved into the  áo ngũ thân, a five-paneled gown worn in the 19th and early 20th centuries ….and to where we are today.

We honoured that 2-3 experts on the  áo ngũ thân and the áo dài will be presenting everything there is to know about Vietnam’s national dress.  And also there is a focus on the the  áo dài for men (this is not just for women’s dress).

Associate Professor, Dr. Đinh Hồng Hải
Hai’s research is in the fields of the arts, humanity, anthropology and related social sciences. He has studied at Harvard University (USA, 2008-2010) and defended his PhD dissertation at the Graduate School of Social Sciences in 2011. He also worked as a research fellow at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (China, 2006-2007). He is now a researcher at the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (since 2001) and a lecturer at the Vietnam National University Hanoi. He has published a number of books on Vietnamese traditional cultural symbols which are highly appreciated by culture lovers

Artist, Lecturer, Dr. Trần Hậu Yên Thế
The has spent more than 25 years studying, teaching and researching traditional fine art history & culture. He has been successful with different scientific research on traditional art subjects along with the publication of important art books such as the symbols of Hanoi’s architectural decorative style; the mythical Nghe animal (which, in Vietnamese folklore is a creature with traits of a dog).  In 2020, Tran Hau Yen The was awarded the prestige “Bui Xuan Phai, For the love of Hanoi” prize for his great contribution in preserving Hanoi’s art beauty through his qualified research and books. The has worked as a history of art lecturer at the Hanoi Fine Art university and he is currently a lecturer at the Vietnam National University

They will explain how the styles developed, what the true traditional and original outfit really is, what is right and wrong with the modern day áo dài, how other nation’s national dress have influenced today’s designs in Vietnam,  the traditional áo ngũ thân for men (and women),  why today’s women’s áo dài modern style is an adaption  of the true original…

Q&A and Hai and The will conclude the event with a short guided tour of some of the cultural exhibits in the museum including a small áo dài  display.

Max 30 pax

Venue:  We are delighted that this event is taking place in the Hanoi Museum and hopefully the start of a future collaboration for FVH with this venue. Address – Phạm Hùng, Mễ Trì, Nam Từ Liêm.   See google map link Bảo tàng Hà Nội – Google Maps 

While this venue is  a little further out than most of our other venues for lectures this is an amazing opportunity FVH has been given to hold an event here.

Dress code:  smart attire and we would love for as many people as possible to wear their ao dai (women and men), or their national dress

Amount: 250,000 VND pp (same price for everyone as we have event costs to cover) IMPORTANT NOTE – we are not allowed to take cash payments inside the museum so the options are bank transfer in advance or payment at the registration point outside the museum gates – more information will be emailed to those who RSVP.

Please RSVP  Phuong Van Nguyen  – phuongvan272@gmail.com (and please include your mobile number)

A welcome email will be sent to all those who RSVP.

Timing –9.30am-11.30am (please arrive by 9.15am)

The presentation will be in ENG\

We want to say a huge thank you to the Hanoi Museum for allowing this event to take place here, to the Fine Arts Magazine for sponsoring some technical equipment  and for their presence on the day , and our wonderful speakers Dr. Đinh Hồng Hải and Dr. Trần Hậu Yên Thế.


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March 26, 2023
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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