Thien LE Ao Dai Competition
The Thien LE Ao Dai Competition is open to contestants of all ages.
Members from the community are encouraged to enter their own "ao dai" which is a traditional Vietnamese long dress for a low entry fee of $5 for children aged 12 or younger and $10 for everyone else. Judges will select the best looking outfits and winners will receive a range of prizes with a total worth over $1000. Thien Le has generously sponsored this competition. For complete rules and regulations including entry form, please visit vwat.org/ttt2011.
Thien LE is an artist of many trades. A visual artist at heart, he now imparts his natural eye for line, style and colour into his vibrant creations. As a youth, his artistic energy was expressed through sculpture and painting. Later, fashion became the vehicle for his visual creativity and in 1996, he enrolled at the International Academy of Design. In addition to his studies, he worked full- and part-time positions in visual merchandising at various retailers and costuming at the Canadian Opera Company. In 1998, he graduated from the International Academy of Design and received the Best Evening Wear Designer award. Having refined his skills from his work experience, Thien launched his own label in 1999.
Since then, Thien LE’s designs have taken centre stage. Thien LE’s creations were presented at the launch of Chrysalid: Lancome’s new line of makeup and he collaborated with Elizabeth Arden the “Red Door Salon” in Los Angeles and New York City. He continues to be known for his intricately detailed designs and elegant formal wear.