I just want to say that these reviews have made me very skeptical about ordering from Aodaivinh.com…. But I did it anyway and my ao dai went beyond my expectations!! I usually don’t post reviews, but I felt that there were so many negative reviews out there that they needed to redeem themselves.
I live in Houston, TX and barely speak a lick of Vietnamese, let alone write it. It costs ~$500-600 to get one made by someone you don’t know. I don’t have any connections in Vietnam to get it made in person, so i ordered this design online on 15-Oct-11:http://www.aodaivinh.com/gold-wedding-ao-dai-wg097.html
It includes the ao dai, pants, jacket, and hat.
I received an email from Thi and she said that I will receive my ao dai around 15-Nov-11. One month after ordering. I asked her a few questions and she responded very timely (within a day or so). The package came in the mail on 16-Nov-11.
It came in a UPS 13.5″ x 11″ x 3″ box. Everything was folded and wrapped individually in a clear cellophane bag.
The jacket was a gorgeous soft and light organza fabric (I thought it was going to be the rough fabric like the wire-edged ribbon you see in craft stores). I was afraid that the beading would be ‘glued’ or ‘painted’ on as said by other reviewers. I was hoping for it to be embroidered. But each bead was HAND SEWN into the jacket. I can’t express how truly impressed I am!! The pictures online don’t do it justice.
Even the back of the jacket had beads sewn into it! I LOVE THE JACKET!
The ao dai and pants and hat were in a beautiful fabric and color. The ao dai is a very bright turquoise color with gold/light yellow flowers. The fabric gives that ‘silk’ look due to the sheen. The pants are a light gold/cream color that matches the jacket. It isn’t as dark as the hat.
The fit of everything was great! They tell you to measure close to the skin but I made sure to add 2-3 cm to everything for more breathing room (I want to be able to hold my arms up lol). I also like how they show you how to measure yourself. The pants are a little long…they probably expect you to wear heels but I am going to wear flats, so I will have to hem them.
Overall, they went way beyond my expectations. I emailed them and told them to thank their seamstress(es).
Their quality may have been bad in the past, but they have definitely improved. I told them I will post this review on several forums as a ‘thank you’ and as a way tho show that they have redeemed themselves.
Below I have attached some pictures. Please pardon my crappy camera phone. The colors are really skewed in them. I hope to get more pictures after the dam hoi/engagement. (I wasn’t going to wear an ao dai on my wedding day, but now I really want to!!)
1. Front of Jacket.
2. Close up of front
3. Detailed handsewn beading
4. Back of jacket
5. Pearls sewn into the back
6. Flowers in the back
7. Front Ao dai with flash
8. Close up of fabric without flash
9. Jacket, pants, hat, without flash