Tuesday, 7 August 2007
To the best of my knowledge all Vietnamese women had their own dressmakers. Come to think of it I never bought ready made clothes in Vietnam. When possible I had my suits and shirts made in Hong Kong or Singapore. The style of the Vietnamese tailors varied greatly with sometimes rather disastrous results for the occidental wearer. As I never wore a suit that often frankly I had no problem. With the climate I needed two shirts and one clean pair of trousers every day.
The women of course, requiring much more precision in their dress making and naturally knowing where to go were much better off. The girls of the sixties were perhaps amongst the first to follow fashion. Many of the older photos show rather dowdy clothes. I'm sure that can't be true but as they were in black and white it's not always easy to tell. The figures of the women improved too, probably due to a better diet. Most though managed to remain slim, an absolute necessity when wearing an Ao Dai.