Ao dai through the ages in Saigon

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It was an everyday costume in the city before becoming a fashion icon


 A postage stamp issued during the early years of the colonial era in the mid-1800s shows a woman in an ao dai while carrying two of her children on a shoulder pole.
 Women wear ao dai at a family lunch.
Another stamp from the early 1900s shows a woman taking her son to the market. She wears a nice ao dai despite being in bare feet. 
 Both sellers and customers wear ao dai at a fish market in the city in 1904.
A vendor wears ao dai at a makeshift market on what is now Nguyen Hue Street in the early 1900s. 
A more luxurious version of the ao dai in a photo taken in the early 1950s. 
Women in ao dai walk to a tram on what is now Ham Nghi Street in a photo taken in the early 1950s. 
 A photo from LIFE magazine shows girl students in ao dai in Saigon in the 1960s, when the French had withdrawn from Saigon and the city government was backed by the US.
Women in ao dai in downtown Saigon during the 1960s.
Women in ao dai go shopping at Ben Thanh Market
Women in fashionable ao dai in Saigon in the late 1960s. 
Students go to school in a lambretta lambro, a common public vehicle in southern Vietnam before 1975
Some women in Saigon in the 1970s in ao dai cut to their knees, or the “mini ao dai.” The photo shows a demonstration against pornography on what is now Le Loi Street in June 1975, more than a month after the Vietnam War ended. 

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