The History of Vietnamese 'Ao dai'

Measures for a Vietnamese Dress

To make our own costume Vietnamese Ao Dai have to take the following measures:

  • Dress length: must measure from neck to ankle.
  • Sleeve: measure from the nape to the wrist.
  • Arm: measure from the shoulder to the wrist.
  • Armpit: measure the diameter of the armpit.
  • Bicep: measured diameter at the height of the biceps.
  • Elbow: measure the diameter of the arm to the elbow.
  • Neck: measure the neck diameter.
  • Chest: measure the circumference of the chest.
  • Upper Bust: measure the contour of the breast, by the top of the bust.
  • Neck: measure from neck to chest by the height of the nipple.
  • Bust: measure distance between the breasts at nipple height.
  • Waist: measure the circumference of the waist.
  • Back: measure width of back using the distance between armpits.
  • Shoulder: measure distance between shoulders.
  • Back Length: measure distance from the neck to the waist.
  • Top part: measure distance from neck to waist.
  • Hips: measure hips diameter.
  • Trousers: measure from the waist to the floor.
  • Thigh: measure the contour of the thigh.
  • Knee: measure diameter of the knee.

How to take measurement for a Vietnamese Dress Ao Dai step by step

We show graphically how to take action to make a Vietnamese Ao Dai dress.


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Comment (5)
  1. Quang Vinh - 1 August 2021 08:09
    Like!! Thank you for publishing this awesome article.
  2. Ta Tony - 2 August 2021 17:44
    I flew Vietnam Airlines a few years ago and the stewardesses were all wearing a modernised version of the Ao Dai.
    They looked so beautiful that I kept ordering drinks so that they would walk by, and I could check them out! I was quite drunk when I eventually landed in Ho Chi Minh! Unfortunately it was just a transit stop for me, but I felt like I got a feel for the essence of Vietnam, just by seeing the Ao Dai!
    1. Chu Hai Yen - 2 August 2021 17:53
      Hi Tony , your story is really interesting, cannot imagine how drunken you were if your flight was to the other faraway land:-) The Ao Dai itself always boasts well the woman’s beauty, they even look more beautiful on the stewardesses as many of them are models and Miss Vietnam:-) Thank you for your story, i do like it:-) Cheers!
  3. Chu Hai Yen - 2 August 2021 17:51
    What an interesting post! I had no idea that Vietnam had an iconic dress, which is very beautiful. I found very interesting the history of dress and I loved that you put different pictures of the dress.
  4. Hiếu Bin - 4 August 2021 05:35
    a very interesting article. Thanks author!
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