Huong Giang, Vietnam’s contestant at the Miss World pageant, asked designer Son Collection to send two more gowns to South Africa quickly because her costumes received negative comments.
Vinh Thuy attended the Mister International 2009 in Taiwan in costumes of Sea Collection by designers Do Manh Cuong and Thinh Tri. His traditional outfit was designed by Thinh Tri, a lecturer from the Art University. The major theme of this costume is describing Vietnam’s history through patterns.
Vinh Thuy’s traditional outfit – a loin cloth – is very similar to the one that Tien Doan performed in the Mister International 2008, so it didn’t surprise the jury.
Meanwhile, Chung Thuc Quyen passed 80 contestants to win the Best Traditional Outfit at the Miss Supernational pageant in Poland. This is the first time Vietnam earning this award at an international beauty contest. Thuc Quyen is also the first Vietnamese girl who brought ao tu than (four panel traditional dress) and non quai thao (flat palm hat with fringes) to an international pageant, instead of the ao dai.
Designer Thuan Viet, who created the traditional outfit for Thuc Quyen, noted: “The Vietnamese ao dai is very beautiful, but it has become very familiar, so I have to design a different traditional costume. We have up to 54 ethnic groups so designers can make very unique costumes.”
Thuan Viet also designed the traditional outfit for Huong Giang at the Miss World pageant, which was highly appreciated.
Lacking of preparation time for international pageants is the common excuse used by Vietnamese contestants, who have had to wear clothes provided by sponsors.
Hoang Yen was criticized for wearing a black ao dai at the Miss Universe 2009 in Bahamas. The ao dai looked heavy with dragons on the panels. Some said that dragons are the symbol of kings, so they are not suitable for ao dai.
Mai Phuong Thuy was also said to look older in her black ao dai embroidered with a peacock.