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Vietnamese clothing refers to the traditional clothes worn in Vietnam. During the Nguyễn dynasty, the Vietnamese were forced to wear Chinese style clothing. But now from the twentieth century onward Vietnamese people wear clothing that is popular internationally.
It was up to the 1920s in Vietnam's north area in isolated hamlets wear skirts were worn. The Chinese Ming dynasty, Tang dynasty, and Han dynasty clothing was ordered to be adopted by Vietnamese military and bureaucrats by the Nguyen Lord Nguyễn Phúc Khoát (Nguyen The Tong).
From the twentieth century onward Vietnamese people have also worn clothing that is popular internationally. The Áo dài was briefly banned after the fall of Saigon but made a resurgence. Now it is worn in white by high school girls in Vietnam. It is also worn by receptionists and secretaries. Styles differ in northern and southern Vietnam. The current formal national dress is the áo dài for women, suits or áo the for men.
Trần dynasty clothings as depicted in The Great Monk of Bamboo Forest descending the mountain[b]
Court dress of Lê Dynasty
Mandarin boots and shoes. Gilded metal, Nguyễn dynasty, 19th-early 20th century[c]
Court attires of Nguyễn Dynasty
Ceremonial dress of Marshall Nguyen Tri Phuong[d]
Official hat, Nguyen dynasty, 19th to early 20th century, gilded metal[e]
She then left the room to change out of her áo Ba Ba into her everyday home clothes, which did not look like peasant clothes at all. In Hóc Môn, traders who sell goods in the city don “peasant clothing” for their trips to the city and change back
The new government banned the wearing of the traditional áo dài. Their income from sewing áo dài suddenly plummeted, forcing them to sell everything to survive: refrigerator, radio, food and clothing. Only after the ban was lifted ten years later
The contemporary versions of Áo dài are of considerable sociological interest as they represent regional variations, as well as age and gender arrangements (men rarely wear them nowadays and usually dress in Western-style suits