Contemporary and Traditional Vietnamese Fashion Studies
RMIT University Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Area of Study
Apparel and Merchandising, Fashion, Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, Merchandising
Taught In English
Host University Units12
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
In this study tour you will be introduced to the blend of modern and traditional fashion and culture that inform the thriving and contemporary fashion scene in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
You will be introduced to a unique range of resources that will inform the process of creating your own version of the traditional Vietnamese costume the ‘Ao Dai’. Following an initial research phase, you will then design your own Ao Dai, before visiting fabric markets and silk suppliers, and having your unique design crafted by a local tailor.
The Study Tour will also include visits to local fashion brands and stores, manufacturers, museums (including the Ao Dai Museum), workshops and lectures at RMIT University. There will also be opportunities to join in with evening social activities and sample some of the famous Vietnamese cuisine.
*Please note: participants will purchase their own fabrics and tailor costs
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Identify the traditional and contemporary influences in the fashion market in Vietnam
- Apply research skills to develop a personal response to a design brief
- Effectively communicate with a tailor in order to realise your design
- Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on your own work and the work of others in both local and international contexts
Overview of Learning Activities
This studio will be presented through a variety of activities over two weeks including:
- Field trips in and around Ho Chi Minh City including visits to cultural, industrial and retail centers.
- Workshops, lectures and seminars
- Demonstrations, critiques and discussions
- Independent reading and research to inform your practice
- Use of a visual learning journal in order to develop your ability to observe, capture and reflect upon your experiences
- Engagement with peers in critically reflective discussion of issues pertinent to your practice
Overview of Assessment
You will be assessed on your development and on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes. Assessment may include work arising from in class workshops, projects and presentations. Assessment will cover both practical and theoretical aspects of your learning. Project work will allow you to focus your learning toward your capabilities. You may be required to submit a journal that documents your development and learning throughout this course