Primarily worn by women this national dress today consists of tight fitting silk tunic top worn over pants.

Formal Ao Dai worn for Wedding party in Hanoi. Think weddings, celebrating Tet (New Year) and other formal occasions – think Ao Dai.
Formal Ao Dai worn for Wedding party in Hanoi. Think weddings, celebrating Tet (New Year) and other formal occasions – think Ao Dai.

Worn for many special occasions especially at Tet activities (Lunar New Year), formal events and purposes including formal wear, school and business uniforms and subject of many artists who transform the beauty in front of their eyes to the canvas.

Ao Dai are usually made from natural products such as cotton, silk, and hemp. Because of the diverse tropical client in Vietnam, these help the wearer cope with heat and humidity.

 

Formal color matching for the wearer signifies their status, and is still a common practice in large cities.

  • Young girls and school girls – white
  • Young unmarried women – pastel colors
  • Married women – brightly colored tunic over either black or white trousers.
Silk brocade wedding Ao Dai, complete with circular headgear called a khăn đóng is worn. Wedding photos were taken at the Temple of Literature (Van Mieu).
Silk brocade wedding Ao Dai, complete with circular headgear called a khăn đóng is worn. Wedding photos were taken at the Temple of Literature (Van Mieu).

 

Ao Dai Tailor - many in Hanoi. Usually made from fine silk these cost anything from us$40 upwards in Vietnam and us$200 in America, these are tailor made so to fit the body perfectly.
Ao Dai Tailor – many in Hanoi. Usually made from fine silk these cost anything from us$40 upwards in Vietnam and us$200 in America, these are tailor made so to fit the body perfectly.
Ready made Ao Dai are available plus tailors the make formal wear are dotted all around Hanoi. This tailor 77a Trần Xuân Soạn, Hanoi is shown. This is situated on street near Cho Hom (the Fabric Market - 149 Huế, Hai Bà Trưng, Hà Nội).
Ready made Ao Dai are available plus tailors the make formal wear are dotted all around Hanoi. This tailor 77a Trần Xuân Soạn, Hanoi is shown. This is situated on street near Cho Hom (the Fabric Market – 149 Huế, Hai Bà Trưng, Hà Nội).
Performers of Tet (Lunar New Year) entertainment wear traditional Ao Dai. These events are held all around town on the streets in temporary stages set up for that purpose. People of all ages perform for large local crowds.
Performers of Tet (Lunar New Year) entertainment wear traditional Ao Dai. These events are held all around town on the streets in temporary stages set up for that purpose. People of all ages perform for large local crowds.