02 November 2012

Facing Downtown Hanoi

As the capital of Vietnam for almost a thousand years, Hanoi is considered one of the main cultural centres of Vietnam, where most Vietnamese dynasties have left their imprint. It is a very picturesque city, the leafy metropolis sometimes dubbed the "Paris of Asia", one of only a few Asian capitals to retain its historic charm amid rapid modernisation and population growth. Hanoi is a city full of photographic opportunities and most people like to be photographed…

close up, street portrait, street photographer, people, Vietnam, Hanoi, Nikon DSLR, telephoto lens
close up, street portrait, beautiful, people, Vietnam, Hanoi, Vietnamese woman, nightlife, night
close up, street portrait, headshot, friendly, smiling, beautiful, people, Hanoi, Vietnam, Vietnamese girl, áo dài
close up, street portrait, headshot, friendly, smiling, beautiful, people, Hanoi, Vietnam, Vietnamese girl, áo dài
close up, street portrait, headshot, friendly, smiling, beautiful, people, Hanoi, Vietnam, Vietnamese girl, áo dài
people, groupshot, street portrait, Vietnam, Hanoi, Vietnamese women, áo dài
people, groupshot, street portrait, Vietnam, Hanoi, Vietnamese women, áo dài
The áo dài is the stylish Vietnamese national costume, now most commonly worn by women. In its current form, it is a tight-fitting silk tunic worn over pants. The word áo dài was originally applied to the outfit worn at the court of the Nguyễn Lords at Huế in the 18th century. This outfit evolved into the áo ngũ thân, a five-paneled aristocratic gown worn in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Inspired by Paris fashions, Nguyễn Cát Tường redesigned the ngũ thân as a modern dress in the 1920s and 1930s. The updated look was promoted as a national costume for the modern era. In the 1950s, Saigon designers tightened the fit to produce the version worn by Vietnamese women today.

close up, people, groupshot, double street portrait, Vietnam, Hanoi, Vietnamese women, white áo dài, silk, roses
people, groupshot, street portrait, Vietnam, Hanoi, Vietnamese women, smiling, posing, áo dài, silk, roses
people, groupshot, street portrait, Vietnam, Hanoi, Vietnamese women, smiling, posing, áo dài, silk















close up, street portrait, headshot, friendly, smiling, beautiful, people, Hanoi, Vietnam, Vietnamese girl, áo dài




























More portrait photographs from Hanoi in Matt Hahnewald's

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