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Tuesday, 23/05/2023 09:59

VN fashion designer calls for environmental protection in new collection

BEAUTIFUL DRESS: A design from fashion designer Minh Hạnh’s “Cát Tiên – Bốn Mùa Xanh Lá” (Cát Tiên in Four Seasons) collection will be introduced at a show at Cát Tiên National Park in Đồng Nai Province on May 27. — Photo courtesy of the designer

ĐỒNG NAI — Leading Vietnamese fashion designer Minh Hạnh will showcase her new collection at the Cát Tiên National Park in Đồng Nai Province on May 27 to mark World Environment Day (June 5).

The collection, named “Cát Tiên – Bốn Mùa Xanh Lá” (Cát Tiên in Four Seasons), features around 25 dresses made from a wide range of flowers and plants growing in the national park such as peach blossom, Queen’s crape myrtle and golden chain flowers, along with green leaves and dried tree branches.

Cát Tiên is recognised as a world biosphere reserve by UNESCO and has become a major tourism destination for night excursions. The 71,000ha park is home to about 1,500 species of animals and more than 1,600 plant species.

According to Hạnh, her collection aims to spread a message of protection of the environment, as well as contribute to promoting eco-tourism in the region.

The designer also invited Meritorious Artist and dancer Linh Nga, đàn nhị (Vietnamese two-chord fiddle) player Thùy Anh, and 20 models to perform in the show.

Hạnh is globally known for pioneering designs honouring the beauty of Vietnamese brocade fabric made by ethnic groups in the northwestern and Central Highlands regions.

Her collections have been shown at many fashion shows around the world, including in Japan, France and Italy.

She has won many international prizes, such as New Designer at Asia Collection Makuhari in Japan in 1997.

Hạnh was presented with the Knight of Arts and Literature title by the French government in 2006 for her contribution to promoting French-Vietnamese cultural co-operation, particularly in the world of fashion.

In 2016, she was presented with the prestigious Fukuoka Prize for Arts and Culture in Fukuoka, and became the second Vietnamese to receive the prize after historian Professor Phan Huy Lê in 1996. — VNS

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