Actress Midu prepares 39 ao dai costing nearly $11,800 for wedding to plastics heir

By Trang Shaelyn   June 23, 2024 | 03:00 pm PT
Midu ordered 39 ao dai (Vietnamese tunics), costing nearly VND300 million (US$11,786), for her Sunday wedding to businessman Tran Duy Minh Dat, heir to Duy Tan Plastics Manufacturing Corporation.

Designer Dung Nguyen said he, along with Midu and her stylist Tran Nhat Duy, started designing the outfits for the actress, her husband, her mother and mother-in-law, bridesmaids, and best men three months prior to the event. Both Midu and Dat value traditional beauty and Vietnamese culture, which influenced their choice of elegant, graceful, and simple yet distinctive attire.

Actress Midu and businessman Tran Duy Minh Dat at their wedding ceremony on June 23, 2024. Photo obtained by VnExpress

Actress Midu and businessman Tran Duy Minh Dat at their wedding ceremony on June 23, 2024. Photo obtained by VnExpress

The couple’s red ao dai were designed to evoke apricot blossoms blooming in white snow, a symbol of fidelity.

"Inspired by apricot flowers standing resilient in the snow through time, my team and I crafted these garments as a lasting testament to the couple’s love and joy," Dung Nguyen stated.

For the garments, silk from Van Phuc silk village in Hanoi was selected as the primary material. The attire featured hand-embroidered apricot flowers on the shoulders and hem, which took artisans over a month to finish. The bride’s ao dai included a detachable veil that was intricately embroidered, exuding subtle beauty with a regal essence.

Additionally, customized ao dai for Midu’s and Dat’s mothers featured elaborate rose patterns on a luxurious silk base in prestigious blue and pink colors. The bride and groom also chose earthy orange ao dai with apricot flower embroidery for their bridesmaids and best men, who are their longtime close friends.

In total, 42 ao dai were ordered, but only 39 were used.

Midu, born Dang Thi My Dung and aged 35, is recognized as a model and actress. Her notable works include the TV series "Nhung Thien Than Ao Trang" (Angels in White Dresses) and the film "Thien Menh Anh Hung" (Blood Letter) directed by Vietnamese-born filmmaker Victor Vu.

She is also a univeristy lecturer and entrepreneur.

Dat, 34, is the successor of Duy Tan Plastics Manufacturing Corporation, a business managed by his father Tran Duy Hy. He studied in the U.S. and plays a significant role in the family enterprise.

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