Kimonos by Kenzo Takada on display at the Guimet museum. — Photo yahoo.com Viet Nam News PARIS — The kimono, in myriad iterations from its origins in ancient Japan to its embrace by today’s top fashion designers, took centre stage on Wednesday at Paris’s Guimet museum. While the once ubiquitous garment is now reserved for special occasions and official events in its homeland, it has inspired the likes of Jean Paul Gaultier and Dior’s John Galliano in the West’s fashion capitals. Around 150 styles from the collection of Matsuzakaya -- the centuries-old Japanese fashion house that became a department store -- are on display abroad for the first time in the Guimet’s show, titled Kimono, The Ladies’ Delight. The unique pieces, some of them dazzling works of art, reflect a range of sophistication and difficulty in fabrication. Variations of the kimono first caught on in the West as part of a general fad for all things Japanese in the … [Read more...] about Paris show traces kimono from prim tradition to glam fashion
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by Ngoc Le Fun for everyone: Children with disabilities join in a lantern parade during a Mid-Autumn Festival party at the Disability Resource and Development centre in HCM City. — VNS Photo Ngoc Le HCM CITY — If anyone thinks that a barrier exists between children with disabilities and those who have none, they are mistaken. In fact, most children see those with disabilities as potential friends with whom they can have fun. On Sunday, a gathering of around 100 kids testified to this feeling. The evening gathering was held as part of Tet Trung Thu (Mid-Autumn Festival), which is a children's festival and falls on the full-moon day of the eighth lunar month. The gathering took place in the yard of a mansion in District 10 where the Disability Resource and Development is based. The DRD (Doi Rat Dep) is a local non-governmental organisation providing support to disadvantaged people. Visually and hearing-impaired, mentally impaired and autistic children mingled with … [Read more...] about Children with disabilities enjoy rare a night out
Viet Nam News by Mộc Miên Long before the invasion of the internet that has brought along social networks and online forums to Việt Nam, many people used to write diaries as a way of expressing thoughts and emotions. I used to think about a person who sits silently by his desk late at night, writing dedicatedly in a nice small notebook. "I wrote in a diary a lot when I was young. That was the time I had so much emotions that could not be shared with others. The diary was my dear friend," Nguyễn Thu Trang, 27, said. "My diary was often kept in a locked drawer. I was afraid that someone would read all my innermost thoughts. It might have been embarrassing," Trang said, laughing. However, the fever of the internet and social networks has resulted in dramatic changes in the diary writing habits of young people. In fact, it has now been replaced with a new style of diary writing, more adapted to advanced technologies. "Now people don't call it writing a diary. It has become 'writing … [Read more...] about Where did good old fashioned diaries go?
In 2004, the first pedestrian streets in Hanoi were inaugurated, where visitors can walk, shop, and sample street food in four streets blocked off pedestrians: Hang Ngang, Hang Dao, Hang Duong, and Dong Xuan. For four years, the pedestrian streets in the Old Quarter have been drawing a growing number of both locals and tourists. Thu Huong lives in Hanoi: "The night market features a diversity of goods, from clothes to personal accessories to household items and food and drinks. I can find almost everything I need here. And I love the idea of a walking street. The absence of vehicles and public transportation makes the air a lot fresher. More importantly, walking brings people closer to one another. I enjoy wandering around with my boyfriend on the weekend. We chat about what has happened that day, and comment on the products displayed on the street" Last April, Hoan Kiem district authorities submitted a project to the Hanoi Municipal People's Committee for approval. The project … [Read more...] about Pedestrian streets & Night market in Hanoi
VietNamNet Bridge – “I don’t create clothes, I create dreams”. That is slogan of Vietnamese American fashion designer named Phuong My. Phuong My (third from the right) at the New York Fashion Week 2010. Phuong My was born and grew up in Vietnam. She went to the US for studies at the age of 13. In 2007, she entered the San Francisco Institute of Art for a five-year fashion design course. Phuong My will graduate next year but the young designer has already won some successes in the US. Phuong My’s designs are said to represent womanhood but strong, young, and creativeness. 2010 was a successful year for Phuong My. She was the winner of the Discarded to Divine 2010 competition (contestants make things from used materials for auction to raise fund for homeless people). Her designs were displayed as the latest exhibition in an art museum in San Francisco. She was also the winner of a fashion design competition in New York in September 2010, … [Read more...] about The dream of Vietnamese American fashion designer