Renowned designer Thuan Viet is showing off in Japan his three newest ao dai collections, one of which combines Vietnam's traditional ao dai with the Japanese kimono.
The shows, organized by Vietnam's Ministry Culture, Sports and Tourism, are meant to mark 40 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries and will take place in the five big cities of Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, and Nagoya, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.
Viet will present three collections titled "Hoa Tuyet" (Snow flower), "Ngoc Vien Dong" (Far-east pearl) and "Viet Nam Gam Hoa" (Vietnam damask).
Hoa Tuyet features three main colors -- white, black, and red -- and incorporates aspects of the kimono. Japanese flower motifs are expressed through Vietnamese traditional hand embroidery.
"I have presented Vietnamese ao dai collections in Japan a few times before, but this is the first time my collection features aspects of the kimono," the designer said.
The fashion shows began on September 11 and will go on until the 25th.
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