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Ba Trung did not wear ao dai
« on: September 16, 2021, 03:56:40 PM »
https://www.quora.com/What-are-the-differences-between-Ao-Dai-Vietnam-and-Cheongsam-China

Ao Dai never existed 200 years ago. Vietnam was in a civil war between 2 powerful lords, and the Nguyen lord wanted to differentiate his people and himself from northern Vietnam, ruled by the Trinh. He then decided to adopt and merge fashion from China, especially of Qing and Ming, to make his land’s culture distinct. Ao Dai was one of the borrowed attires, straight from Qizhuang.

However, when French colonized Vietnam and influenced its culture, designers began to Westernize Ao Dai. Because both Qipao and Ao Dai were Westernized at similar time periods, they would, of course, evolve through similar fashion tastes: showing female curves and more skin. However, even though they changed similarly, they were quite divergent in their final products. So the original Ao Dai was like this:

 
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