Tuesday, 05/12/2023 12:36

Vietnamese fashion designer debuts new collections in Australia

Vietnamese fashion designer Trần Phương Hoa (centre) is pictured with models wearing her designs at Lotus Light programme. Photo courtesy of the designer

PERTH Two new collections of evening gowns and áo dài (Vietnamese traditional dress) by Vietnamese fashion designer Trần Phương Hoa have been presented at Winthrop Hall of the University of Western Australia.

The programme, entitled Lotus Light, was jointly organised by Consulate General of Việt Nam in Perth, Eleven S Company, and Vietnam Television, as part of the activities commemorating the 50th anniversary of Việt Nam-Australia diplomatic relations.

Lotus Light attracted nearly 400 attendees, including Nguyễn Thanh Hà - the Consul General of Việt Nam in Western Australia and the Northern Territory of Australia, journalist Bùi Thu Thủy - Deputy Head of Production at VTV3 channel of Vietnam Television, Logan K. Howlett, JP - Mayor of the City of Cockburn and Professor Jennifer Howell - Pro-Vice Chancellor Global Engagement, The University of Western Australia.

According to Professor Howell, the event was not only a fashion show but also a powerful symbol of cultural exchange, unity and long-term connection between Việt Nam and Australia.

Lotus Light showcases 50 designs of both nightgowns and áo dài by the 31-year-old Vietnamese fashion designer, created within four months.

An áo dài design presented at the programme. Photo courtesy of the designer

The collection of áo dài features a blend of traditional and contemporary designs, incorporating colours and silhouettes inspired by the logos of the 50th anniversary celebration of Việt Nam-Australia diplomatic relations, as well as the flags of Việt Nam, Australia, and the indigenous Australian flag. Meanwhile, the highlight of the evening gown collection are stunning black dresses named Black Swan, drawing inspiration from the black swan, an iconic symbol of Perth, the city where the collection was presented.

Hoa expressed deep gratitude and emotion, saying, "Despite the tight preparation schedule, I feel incredibly fortunate to have received tremendous support. Everyone has helped me realise my dream of launching my first solo fashion show and contributed to introducing Vietnamese fashion to the international community, especially in this significant diplomatic event.”

50 designs from Hoa's latest collections are introduced at Lotus Light programme that commemorates the 50th anniversary of Việt Nam-Australia diplomatic relations. Photo courtesy of the designer

Hoa has 10-year experience working in the fashion industry and impressed many fashion enthusiasts with high-end, romantic, and unique wedding gown designs. In the past two years, she has showcased her collections at two prestigious international events - New York Fashion Week in September 2022 and Paris Fashion Week in March 2023. VNS

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