In the wake of the third Vietnam International Fashion Week in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) this month, we spotlight five of Vietnam’s most exciting fashion designers being showcased this year.
Ly Giam Tien
Brand – Ly Giam Tien
Years of Experience – 2
At just 18-years old, designer Ly Giam Tien went from snack-vendor to tailor to one of the most prominent names in the growing Vietnamese fashion scene. In 2014 Ly Giam Tien was nominated “Breakthrough Designer of The Year” by Donang Magazine, as well as reaching his biggest achievement to date – winning Project Runway Vietnam 2014.
His newest collection, ‘Dark Raven’, was showcased at New York Couture Fashion Week 2015.
Brand – Thuy Design House
Years of Experience – 5
Fashion designer and painter Thuy Nguyen was born and raised in the capital, Hanoi. Taking inspiration from nature, colours, flowers and curves, she has established a definitive eastern vibe to her designs through the incorporation of traditional details and the use of silk and velvet materials. Thuy Nguyen also showcased her last collection ‘Lung Lieng’ at Vietnam International Fashion Week 2015.
Nguyen Tien Truyen
Brand – Nguyen Tien Truyen
Years of Experience – Few
Born and raised in a farmer family, Nguyen Tien Truyen took interest in fashion from an early age – a passion shared with his mother. He is known for his great material treatment, and as a young creative leader of the Vietnamese fashion scene became the third winner of Project Runway Vietnam in 2015 with his collection ‘Asia Inspiration’.
Le Thanh Hoa
Brand – Le Thanh Hoa
Years of Experience – 5
Before becoming known for his elegant, feminine, edgy designs, Le Thanh Hoa graduated from the Fashion Faculty of Ho Chi Minh City University of Architecture.
In his relatively short time on the Vietnamese fashion scene his work – inspired by the “simple things in life” – has become popular with many famous figures in Vietnam. He also showcased his collection ‘Flower’ at Vietnam International Fashion Week 2014.
Nguyen Cong Tri
Brands – Nguyen Cong Tri / KINconcept / KIN by Nguyen Cong Tri
Years of Experience – 14
A self-taught visionary considered to be the leader of the Vietnamese Fashion Industry, Nguyen Cong Tri first impacted the scene in 2000, winning first prize in the ‘New Idea’ category at Vietnam’s Grand Prix. Through his three brands, he has made garments for some of Vietnam’s top public figures and celebrities, and gone on to become a famous judge in many fashion competitions.
Nguyen Cong Tri was appointed a member of the Asian Couture Federation in 2014 following his massive successes. Most recently, he was making waves at Tokyo Fashion Week.