Fashion design inspired by traditional Vietnamese craft villages

By Y Ly July 2, 2021 | 10:33 GMT + 7

Vietnamese designer Phan Dang Hoang has launched a collection inspired by traditional Vietnamese craft villages in Milan, Italy.

The “Quintessence” collection features materials commonly used in Vietnamese craft villages such as silk thread, as well as handmade rattan and bamboo used in weaving. The designs convey the message of preserving and protecting traditional beauty while promoting Vietnam’s image to an international audience.


Due to the ongoing pandemic, Hoang had to procure all of his equipment in Italy. But with the closure of many material stores and stores across Milan, it was quite a challenge for the Vietnamese designer to complete his collection.


A cutout dress that mixes many materials, including quilted fabric and feathers.


An open-breasted cropped top, silk skirt and fur coat combined with a wide-brimmed hat and knit bag create a modern and traditional look.


The style of the bag resembles those used to visit the wet market, enhanced by the designer to match an asymmetric cutout dress.


An oversized hat, chunky jewelry, and eye-catching makeup were inspired by the 1980s.


“Quintessence” is one of two graduation projects by Phan Dang Hoang at the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA), Italy’s largest private academy focused on arts and design, in Milan, and one of the 30 best graduation collections selected to be presented in all of the academy’s virtual platforms on June 29.
This year’s jury includes the editor-in-chief of Vogue, the director of talent development of the fashion group LVMH, a representative of Versace PORTS1961, among others.

Photos courtesy of Phan Dang Hoang

Joseph E. Golightly