Vietnamese costumes and jewelry in the early 20th century are being featured at an ongoing painting exhibition, held at L’Espace, No.1 Le Hong Phong Street, Hue City.
The show displays 400 valuable paintings done by students of Gia Dinh School of Fine Arts, Decoration and Graphics, the top fine art training center in the South of Vietnam at that time between 1934 and 1937.
They portrayed people around the country, even from Laos and Cambodia under instruction of Jules Gustave Besson, the school’s principal as well as a renowned French painter.
Wedding costume of Vietnamese people in the South, 1934 - 1935
These works using European techniques were printed in a book titled “Tập hợp hình hoạ Đông Dương” (Collection of Indochinese drawings), published by Paris-based Paul Geuthner Bookstores in 1930s.
The four-week exhibition running till March, 4th, 2012 is expected to give the public, especially foreign ones an honest view of Vietnamese fashion during French colonial time.
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