people were more accustomed to seeing diverse styles, new dress
variations sprung up freely. Towards 1958, Mrs. Ngo Dinh Nhu set
a popular trend with her open neck ao dai and little white gloves.
Later, the square and heart-shaped necklines, tall Mandarin collars,
and raglan cuts also came in vogue. Dresses came in fabrics like
silk, crepe, velvet, cotton, and satin. Print and embroidery designs
also gained in popularity. During the 1960s, dresses inspired
by western pop art fashions were of multi-colored panels. In the
1970s, dresses in tie-dyed prints and hand-painted florals were
seen among the young women.
after 1975, the new government ordered everyone to wear the basic
work outfit of buttoned top and pants. The ao dai receded into the
background, making appearances only at family gatherings and special
Communist policy opened to more foreign relations, the ao dai
reenerged as a national symbol. In the late 1980s, beauty pageants
began taking place throughout the country. The 1989 ao dai beauty
pageant (Hoa Hau Ao Dai '89) in Saigon drew an audience of 16,000
people. With only an outside. In September 1995, the Vietnamese
ao dai was given tribute abroad when Truong Quynh Mai 21, won
the prize for the best traditional costume at the Miss International
10,000 maximum capacity for the auditorium 6,000 people were left
anxiously waiting 1995 Pageant in Tokyo.