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Ao Dai Festival of Vietnamese fashion to be held in San Jose, California in September, 2012

Written By: herbrunbridge - Jul• 27•12

The Ao dai on parade in San Jose, California

San Jose, California, is essentially the largest Vietnamese city outside of Vietnam, with an estimated 100,000 residents of Vietnamese ethnicity. Each year, San Jose hosts the Ao Dai Festival, celebrating the garment that is the paragon of traditional Vietnamese feminine fashion, with a fascinating history, and from what has been evident in past festivals, an intriguing future as well.  In 2012, it will be held September 15.

Against a tapestry of five-element colored flags and red silks, one hundred dancers dressed in the Vietnamese Ao Dai will dance to the drumbeats of forty drummers and zither players in front of the Center for the Performing Arts in San Jose, California on September 15 at 3 pm, marking the opening of the 2012 Ao Dai Vietnamese Cultural Festival. The event is hosted by the Friends of Hue Foundation and the GreenRice Foundation Inc. All festival proceeds benefit the FHF Children Shelter located in Hue, Vietnam. Designers from Vietnam and the Greater Bay Area are invited to celebrate Vietnamese visual arts, language and culture. The event is designed to promote the beauty and grace of Vietnamese women. This family-friendly event will be a stunning visual feast appealing to everyone who appreciates beauty, fashion and cultural diversity. 

The Festival includes:

  • Fashion Show of exquisite Ao Dai – international designers dazzle with exquisite creations from traditional to modern
  • Music performed by Emmy Award Winner Vanessa Vo and other musicians
  • Fine Art Exhibition, curated by internationally renowned artist, Trinh Mai, including a diverse collection of California Vietnamese artists
  • Vietnamese food, silent auction, champagne reception and more

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