Introduced to fashion when he was 13 years old, Do Trinh Hoai Nam has spent 30 years in the industry honoring the beauty of women and promoting Vietnam’s national dress, the áo dài.

He remains dedicated to bringing the áo dài closer to people around the world so that it can be recognized by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage. To achieve his goals and realize his ambition, Do Trinh Hoai Nam uses high-end materials such as silk, velvet and ta”eta and invests in techniques including double-sided printing, fabric joining, hand sewing, painting and setting gemstones.

Do Trinh Hoai Nam’s collections have been shown at events such as the 2017 and 2019 New York Couture Fashion Week, 2018 Paris Fashion Week – Haute Couture and 2018 Cannes Film Festival. His designs were also featured on a tour by government leaders in Korea and numerous exhibitions of áo dài in Italy, France and elsewhere.

Many of his renowned áo dài collections introduced in Heritage Fashion have inspired the community, such as “The World as I See it” collection, drawing on the national flags of Vietnam and 56 other countries; “The Korean Dream” collection, inspired by the close-knit diplomatic relationship between Vietnam and Korea; and the “S Vietnam” collection, inspired by the country’s heritage of beauty. 

Do Trinh Hoai Nam is not only a designer but also a fashion educator and businessman. He has trained and supported the career development of thousands of students nationwide. At the same time, he is a patron who has facilitated the recovery of many traditional craft villages in Vietnam such as embroidery and weaving villages in Thuong Tin and My Duc, gold laminating cra!t villages in Kieu Ki – Hanoi, and silkweaving villages in Nam Cao – Thai Binh.

Do Trinh Hoai Nam is also a familiar media presence, appearing in talk shows and interviews about áo dài, his profession and his social contributions.