The Dong coats and trousers were influenced by different dress styles in different eras. The design development of this collection needs to consider the influence of today's mainstream dress style which is the dress style from western. The classic western design elements and methods were combined with traditional Dong elements. These include pleated skirts, Dong style placket jackets, aprons, straps, together with western dress elements, such as tailoring, fitted skirts, corsetry.
Other design elements were inspired by the hairstyles of Dong women, which were represented by shapes developed through fabric draping and applied to the silhouette.