The collection features 30 ao dai in silk and satin made in France and Italy. The designs use patterns from Gothic stained glass in the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.

“Each design of my collection, worth 10,000-20,000 USD, was made by Vietnamese artisans over a six-month period,” said 42-year-old Nam.

Nam will receive full financial support for travel and the catwalk participation from the event’s organisers.

In September, Nam attended the 26th Couture Fashion Week New York. His ao dai collection, Sen Vang (Golden Lotus), opened the event, together with two designers from Asian countries.

The designs used Vietnamese silk and satin by skilled artisans from Ha Dong in Hanoi as well as Thai Binh and Lam Dong provinces.  

They have traditional images from the 19th century and are embroidered with images of lotuses and water puppets.

Born in Hanoi, Nam started his career as a tailor in his village, Xuan Dinh, which is famous for handicraft products. 

In 2003, he rose to fame after winning the Vietnam Collection Grand Prix 2014 presented by the Vietnam Design Institute and became one of the finalists at Mercedes Benz Asia Fashion Week 2014.

Nam has attended leading fashion events at home and abroad. His ao dai collections have consistently impressed Vietnamese and foreigners.

His elegant and eye-catching pieces, using high-quality silk, satin, cotton and line, are considered glamorous.

He has worked with movie stars and pop idols and now owns a garment and fashion company as well as a model agency. 

Nam’s shops in Hanoi and northern provinces offer around 80 designs and accessories each, with a new collection each year.-VNA