Dear Friends and Family,
As you may or may not have known, I have been working
on this project for about a year now and I appreciate it if
you came and check this out or show your support by
posting this for others to see. I am really excited about
This is an INFORMAL invitation to the VIP reception
on April 22nd and Grand Opening on the 23rd for the
exhibit, "Ao Dai: A Modern Design Coming of Age." The
exhibition, VIP reception and Grand Opening will be
held at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles.
The VIP reception is on Saturday, April 22, 2006
7-9pm. It features a tour of the exhibit by the
co-curators, Dr. Kieu Linh Valverde and Robin Treen,
with special attendance by Bravo TV's "Project Runway"
winner, Chloe Dao. $50/person. RSVP: 408 971 0323 ext
The Grand Opening will be held Sunday April 23rd,
2-4pm. There will be lots of wonderful people there;
do not forget to wear your ao dais! Food and
refreshments will be served and there will be live
jazz by the Daniel Green Trio and an appearance by
Chloe Dao. $5 entrance fee.
Thank you for your support in advance.
For more information:
Below is a brief description of the Ao Dai exhbit:
The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
http://www.sjquiltmuseum.org in partnership with the
Association for Viet Arts http://www.vietarts.org is
pleased to announce our collaboration for an
exhibition focusing on the ao dai. The show is
to feature both contemporary and historical examples
of ao dai, as well as provide a context for the
development and evolution of style and aesthetic.
Ao Dai: A Modern Design Coming of Age is scheduled to
open at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles on
April 18, 2006 and run through July 9, 2006
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
520 South First Street, San Jose
The exhibit runs until July 9th, 2006 so if you haven't seen it already GO!
Here are the programs and activities that are taking place:
DR. KIEU LINH VALVERDE TO SPEAK ON THE MODERN AO DAI
THIS THURSDAY MAY 11, 2006 @ 7PM
LEARN MORE ABOUT AO DAIS FROM NOW UNTIL JUNE 2006
AO DAI PROGRAMMING AT THE SAN JOSE MUSEUM OF QUILTS & TEXTILES
*Important Note: The events are at the NEW museum location on 520 South First Street (down the street from Montgomery Hotel and MACLA Theater)
May 11, 2006, 7:00-8:30pm.
Áo Dài: A Modern Design Coming of Age
Lecture by Dr. Kieu Linh Caroline Valverde
Professor Valverde will offer a survey of the history of áo dài, focusing on its revival in the 1990s, its value as a national symbol, and its rise as an aesthetic art object.
June 3, 2006, 2:00-4:00pm.
Áo Dài: Fashioning Culture in Time, Place, and Identity
Lecture by Dr. Susan B. Kaiser
Professor Kaiser will situate the áo dài in time and place, addressing issues of national identity, gender, ethnicity and class, as well as the social meaning of national costumes.
June 4, 2006, 2:00-4:00pm
The Business of Áo Dài
Lecture by Monica Tran
Owner of Trust Fund Baby Boutique, fashion designer and businesswoman Monica Tran will address the fashion industry, and how she incorporated the áo dài into her mainstream designs.
Free Children's Workshops in conjunction with Áo Dài: A Modern Design Coming of Age
For information on workshops in May and June, go to:
For children 3-12 years old. All workshops are drop-in and feature hands-on art & craft áo dài projects.
Young children will be decorating ao dai patterns and designs with paper, yarn, glitter, feathers, etc.
Older children will be given the opportunity to design their own áo dài or áo dài ensemble using paper, fabric, lace, and various notions.
$5/students and seniors
Seating for this program is limited;
RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.
For reservations or more information, please call 408.971.0323 x 14.
Exhibition programming is supported in part by, "Advancing the Arts Initiative," an initiative of Community Foundation Silicon Valley, funded by the James Irvine Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation; by a grant from Arts Council Silicon Valley, in partnership with the County of Santa Clara and the California Arts Council; the City of San Jose; the David and Lucile Packard Foundation; and the Santa Clara Valley Quilt Association.
YOU ARE INVITED @ http://www.evite.com/app/publicUrlfirstname.lastname@example.org/aodaiexhibitionprogram