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Fashion design inspired by traditional Vietnamese craft villages

By Y Ly   July 1, 2021 | 07:33 pm PT
Vietnamese designer Phan Dang Hoang has launched a collection inspired by Vietnamese traditional craft villages in Milan, Italy.

The "Quintessence" collection features materials commonly used in Vietnamese craft villages like silk yarn, along with handmade rattan and bamboo used in weaving. The designs convey the message of preserving and protecting traditional beauty while promoting the image of Vietnam to international audiences.


Due to the ongoing pandemic, Hoang had to source all his materials in Italy. But with many material stores and shops across Milan closed down, it was a quite a challenge for the Vietnamese designer to complete his collection.


A cut-out dress that blends many materials, including quilted fabric and feathers.


Open-chested crop top, silk skirt and fur coat combined with a wide-brimmed hat and knit bag create a modern and traditional look.


The bag style resembles those used to visit the wet market, upgraded by the designer to match an asymmetrical cut-out dress.


Oversized hat, large jewelry and eye-catching makeup were inspired by the 1980s.


"Quintessence" is one of two graduation projects by Phan Dang Hoang at Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA), Italy's largest private academy that focuses on arts and design, in Milan, and one of 30 top graduation collections selected to be presented across all the academy's virtual platforms on June 29.
This year's judging panel includes Vogue’s editor, the talent development director of LVMH fashion group, a representative from Versace PORTS1961, among others.

Photos courtesy of Phan Dang Hoang

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