A news site recently posted an article citing a Facebook blogger who revealed that well-reputed actress Tang Thanh Ha (Suddenly I Want to Cry, Floating Lives) attended the first Vietnam International Film Festival wearing a long gown that was an imitation of an Elie Saab design.
The blogger also claimed that this dress was designed by one of the leading Vietnamese fashion designers – Hoang Hai.
As the result, many negative comments about Hoang Hai appeared throughout online forums, calling him “a copier”, “a liar”, etc.
Hoang Hai is famous for his elegant gowns and wedding dresses. He has participated in many big fashion shows in Vietnam and his designs are favored by many Vietnamese beauty queens and top models.
The reputed designer was unaware of the accusations until informed by his friend. Angered by the situation, he asked the news site to provide clarifications, stating that otherwise he would sue the website owners.
Hoang Hai confirmed that he did not design that dress but knew the designer who made that gown for Tang Thanh Ha. However, he refused to disclose the name.
Tang Thanh Ha apologized to Hoang Hai for the case.
Several days later, a blogger named Voquoc uploaded two photos to prove that Tang Thanh Ha wore up to two designs that imitated Elie Sabb designs for the Spring-Summer 2010 at the film festival.
Once again, netizens lashed at the actress, this time with even more serious criticisms due to her no-explanation response.
“Tang Thanh Ha is a celebrity and she must be aware of maintaining her fame,” a blogger wrote.
“She should not have appeared at an international event in imitated dresses! It’s shameful!” another wrote.