Tuesday, 22 January 2008
Down town Saigon, 1960s. Memories of Vietnam
The Vietnamese upper class tended to adopt western style dress. Not all the time. It wasn't always approved of by their families. At least one girl in this photo had to change at her friend's house. I only came across one young girl, whose father was in the diplomatic service and therefore she had spent much of her life abroad, who refused ever to wear the Ao Dai.
Only one school, the Lycée Marie Curée permitted girls to wear non uniform clothing. It was a private French school. A very high standard of education but each morning the girls looked like a parade of fashion models. It was no wonder the communists won the war.