Contemporary and Traditional Vietnamese Fashion Studies

RMIT University Vietnam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Contemporary and Traditional Vietnamese Fashion Studies

  • Host University

    RMIT University Vietnam

  • Location

    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

  • Area of Study

    Apparel and Merchandising, Fashion, Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, Merchandising

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Description

    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