RMIT Vietnam NewsVietnam fashion pundit to speak at Fashion Colloquia

Vietnam fashion pundit to speak at Fashion Colloquia

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 12:16

High profile fashion show director Tran Thien Ha Mi will discuss the identity of contemporary Vietnamese fashion in the global market at the Fashion Colloquia organised at RMIT Vietnam in July.

The former brand manager for Vietnam’s ELLE magazine and fierce promoter of young Vietnamese designers will participate in a panel discussion on the third day of Producing Fashion: Made in Vietnam Fashion colloquia, to be held 5-7 July at the University.

Tran said all facets of the fashion industry from design to manufacturing and marketing are key aspects of the economic future of Vietnam.

“This industry is just beginning to set Vietnam on the global fashion stage,” she said.

“I believe in years to come this country will move among prominent international players in the fashion market.”

In the panel discussion, Tran will join panel discussion leader Joseph Lo, UN consultant and designer; RMIT Vietnam Head of Fashion, Victoria Ho; Head of Strategy at Rice Creative, Nguyen Vu Quan; founder of Ipa-Nima Christine Yu; Zalora Business Development Director Vo Thi Bich Ngoc; Devon London owner Nguyen Tu Diep; and L’Officiel Vietnam Managing Editor, Nguyen Thi Minh Hang.

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Photo: Fashion show director Tran Thien Ha Mi will be on an expert panel at 'Producing Fashion: Made in Vietnam'

Tran, who has a Master of Fashion Marketing and Management from ESMOD International in Paris, worked in that city’s fashion industry at Circus&Co, complemented by a three-month stint at Vogue US.

She returned to Vietnam to work briefly for Gucci as Leader of Marketing before moving to Ringier Vietnam as ELLE Brand Manager from 2011 to 2014. 

Tran is a passionate promoter of Vietnamese fashion, commenting on her personal style in an article: “The most important thing in fashion is not the stuff you wear but how you wear it.”

She believes those who blindly follow brand names become victims of fashion: “Follow good design and your personal preferences; limit trendy accessories without personality.”

RMIT Vietnam Head of Fashion Victoria Ho said the event is an opportunity to analyse the current state of play in Vietnam’s fashion industry, enhancing registrants’ understanding of the industry and future opportunities. 

Major themes to be explored by expert panels also include producing fashion in Vietnam; 20 years of Vietnamese fashion; the changing face of the Vietnamese fashion industry and Vietnam’s accelerated creative environment for emerging fashion brands.

Ho said the event will especially benefit RMIT Vietnam students, exposing them not only to prominent members of the flourishing fashion industry in Vietnam but to internationally renowned fashion academics.

Tran will take part in a panel discussion on the topic 'Identity of Vietnamese Fashion' on day three of the three-day Fashion Colloquia event. For the full schedule and more information go to Producing Fashion: Made in Vietnam fashion colloquia event page.

Story: Sharon Webb