Fashion designer wins Fukuoka Prize

17:50 | 29/07/2015 Entertainment

(VEN) - Vietnamese fashion designer Minh Hanh, who was awarded the Fukuoka Prize, has exposed Vietnamese cultural and fashion beauty to the world, said Deputy Mayor of Fukuoka City Sadakaria Atsuhito at a ceremony to honor Fukuoka Prize 2015 winners recently held in Hanoi.

Fashion  designer wins Fukuoka Prize

Minh Hanh’s designs always convey traditional characteristics

The Fukuoka Prize was formally established in 1990 to honor organizations and inpiduals for their contribution to the conservation and development of Asia’s unique and perse cultures. Over the past 25 years since its establishment, the prize has been awarded to 99 inpiduals from 22 countries and territories. Prizes are awarded in grand, academic and arts and culture categories.

This year, 251 candidates from 30 countries and territories were selected to run for the prize and the Fukuoka Prize Organizing Committee picked out three most excellent inpiduals for the prize including Myanmar historian Thant Myint-U who won the Grand Prize, Indian historian and sociologist Ramachandra Guha who won the Academic Prize and Vietnamese fashion designer Minh Hanh who won the Arts and Culture Prize Award.

According to the Fukuoka Prize Organizing Committee, Minh Hanh showed profound knowledge of Vietnam’s perse ethnic cultures, and through fashion, she has created contemporary designs of Ao Dai (traditional long dress) from brocade fabric and embroidery of some minorities.

In addition, Minh Hanh has planned and organized several fashion shows as part of cultural events in many countries to introduce the beauty of Vietnamese fashion designs. She has also helped train young fashion designers and expand the market for Vietnamese fashion products, contributing to promoting the development of Vietnamese and Asian fashion industry.

Prior to Minh Hanh, Historian Prof. Phan Huy Le was the first Vietnamese who won the Academic Prize in 1996. He congratulated Minh Hanh and said that he had waited for too long to see another Vietnamese winner of the prize. “I annually monitor the Fukuoka Prize, an honorable and well-organized award which used to be presented to excellent Asian inpiduals. I think many Vietnamese are appropriate for this prize, considering its criteria,” he added.

According to Minh Hanh, the prize marked a milestone in Vietnamese fashion development while contributing to promoting the image of Vietnam to the world. “I and young enthusiastic Vietnamese fashion designers will strive more to boost the domestic fashion industry in the future,” she added.

According to the schedule, Minh Hanh will arrive in Japan this September to attend the awards ceremony. She will also participate in a public forum on Asian creativity through fashion themed “The Attractiveness of Vietnam from Minh Hanh’s Needlework.” Many experts agreed that this will probably be regarded as the beginning of a new story on Vietnamese culture and fashion and also a good opportunity for Minh Hanh to make further steps in her fashion career.

Born in 1961 in the Central Highlands city of Pleiku, Minh Hanh has studied and created colorful, refined and modern patterns through a combination of ethnic embroidery and brocade fabric in her own designs. She has also contributed significantly to promoting the development of silk products and traditional handicrafts.

Thanh Tam