Aodai - Vietnamese national costume
Explore #78, May 30, 2009.
Location: Castle of Vincennes
From Wikipedia: The ao dai (áo dài) is a Vietnamese national costume primarily for women. In its current form, it is a tight-fitting silk dress worn over pantaloons. In modern Vietnamese, áo refers to an item of clothing that covers from the neck down. Dài means "long."
The ao dai is now standard for weddings, for celebrating Tết and for other formal occasions.
The most popular style of ao dai fits tightly around the wearer's upper torso, emphasizing her bust and curves. Although the dress covers the entire body, it is thought to be provocative, especially when it is made of thin fabric. "The ao dai covers everything, but hides nothing," according to one saying.
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