Catherine Long Capstone

For my capstone I wanted to put a few of my interests into one thing. History, fashion and Asian traditional culture. Since I had traveled/planned to travel to these countries, I decided to use them as my main focus. My capstone overall is research and pictures of the evolution/variety of traditional clothing worn by women in Vietnam and Japan, being the Ao Dai and the Kimono. Other than being of my interests, I wanted travelers/foreigners who travel to Asian countries and wear the traditional outfits to know the significance of it to the citizens and the country, not just wearing it to wear it or because it looks nice. 
Traditional clothing of a country shows the history and importance. It means something and presents the citizens in a certain way, normally making them look elegant and beautiful, just like the scenery that is around them. I wanted to educate them on this topic so they have this knowledge when they travel to either country. Hopefully in the future I will be able to expand this with more Asian countries and their traditional outfits for women. 

Cynthia Green. “The Surprising History of the Kimono.” JSTOR Daily. December 8, 2017.

Ellis, Claire, and Global Directions, Inc. "Ao Dai: The National Costume." Razor Tie Artery Foundation Announce New Joint Venture Recordings | Razor & Tie. Accessed January 25, 2019.

This article is also about the Ao dai itself, bringing in some historical background. Overall mentioning how the to pronounce the outfit name, as well as the difference in regions. It mentions a lot about the how the ao dai is seen as a national costume and how it is perceived from the citizens of Vietnam. The article has stuff on the comfort of the outfit, how it’s shaped, cut and also how it looks physically, from the fabric choices to the neck cut choices. The ao dai is perceived now to the Vietnamese citizens as “elegant, demure and yet sexy outfit, that suits Vietnamese women of all ages.”

Huyen. "The History of Ao Dai – Vietnam’s National Dress." Discover Halong. December 28, 2016. Accessed January 24, 2019.

I chose to use this link/website as it is very difficult to find information on the ao dai when in the states. It breaks up the history of the ao dai by time period of change, how it looked, what it was called and how society viewed it. Starting from the original design, ao tu than. It ends with the now more modernized version of the ao dai, seen with leggings or skinny jeans. It shows the changes with style, who was either first shown with the change or created the change. As well as photo evidence of those designs during those periods.

Thuy Design House. "CO BA SAI GON." Thuy Design House. Accessed January 25, 2019.

This is the collection of the outfits created in partnership with the movie Co Ba Saigon. I’m using this collection and a few other collections from Thuy Design House to take inspiration for my sketches of the Ao dai. This collection shows the different ao dais and dresses inspired by the 60s era in Vietnam. Where it started to modernize a bit more. The owner of Thuy Design House has an emanicd love for the ao dais, this she created this company. As well as an ao dai museum. To show citizens of Vietnam and foreigners the beauty of our nation’s costume.

Week, Vietnam International Fashion. "THUY DESIGN HOUSE | VIETNAM INTERNATIONAL FASHION WEEK FALL WINTER 2017." YouTube. November 02, 2017. Accessed January 25, 2019.

This is a video the walk from the Vietnam International Fashion show in 2017. Clothes created in partnership with the film Co Ba Saigon. The ao dais are the 60s twist on the ao dai, made by the Thuy Design house. Thuy Design House is dedicated to the ao dai and it’s timeless beauty. This presents the fashions used within the movie and not with the movie, just using it as inspiration. The movie wouldn’t have been made without the partnership and love for the ao dai by the director and Thuy Design house. In the end the love for the ao dai create a beautiful show.

Yuki Ling. "10 Different Types of Kimono for Women." Tsunagu Japan. July 6, 2014.