Việt Nam’s first áo dài (women’s traditional tunic) museum will open in November in Hồ Chí Minh City’s District 9.
The private museum, belonging to noted áoo dài designer Sĩ Hoàng and located in his suburban garden house, is aimed at domestic and foreign tourists and students keen to learn about Vietnamese dress culture.
Part of designer Sĩ Hoàng’s collection of áo dài
It will feature 500 dresses dating back to 1930.
They include one donated by Tôn Nữ Thị Ninh, who is former ambassador of Việt Nam to the EU and former vice-chair of the parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee.
The dress was wore by Ninh, her mother-in-law and her daughter-in-law.
The collection also includes sets of áoo dài owned by Nguyễn Thị Định, Việt Nam’s first female major general to serve in the Việt Nam People’s Army, former deputy president Nguyễn Thị Bình, and famous senior artist cải lương (Southern Vietnamese opera) Kim Cương and Bảy Nam.
Apart from actual áo dài’s, the museum will also have 3,000 photos of the tunic and other áo dài-related artifacts, according to Hoàng, who spent 10 years and VND20 billion (US$1million) on the collection and building.
The former lecturer at the Hồ Chí Minh City University of Architecture had planned to open the museum on October 14, but was delayed due to certain issues.
Hoàng’s Long Thuận Garden House has a lotus pond, traditional Vietnamese wooden house, and camping space for students and tourists, sprawling over an area of 20,000 square meters.
It was built in 2002. Its address is 206/19/30 Long Thuận Street, District 9.
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Source: Thanh Niên News