Recently, at HCM City's War Remnants Museum, a collection of Vietnamese ao dai and Indian saris was showcased at a fashion show held there.
Organised by the Indian Consulate General of HCM City and the Ao Dai Museum, Ao Dai and Sari—An Ever Unbreakable Friendship was held to celebrate Vietnam Women's Day.
Over 50 designs made with high-quality materials were featured on the catwalk. Women of the Indian community presented nearly 20 elegant and charming designs of saris in bright colours.
Designers, at the Ao Dai Museum offered Vietnamese models ao dai, which they wore. The outfits were made of silk and voile decorated with printed images of flowers and sparkling details.
Pham Huong, Vietnam Miss Universe 2015 was invited to perform on the catwalk in both, the sari and ao dai. Duc Hai, Vietnamese supermodel was also paired with Huong in the ao dai catwalk. Indian artists performed at the event as also Vietnamese war veterans and the famous singer, Nguyen Phi Hung.
Consul General of India in HCM City, Smita Pant said that the show was expected to encourage the young generations of India and Vietnam to learn more about their traditional costumes, and to preserve and promote them. Also, the collections would open for another fashion show in December. This show, organised by famous ao dai designer Si Hoang, present Vietnamese costumes made in Indian traditional fabrics.