A veteran but never on her own label until recent, the launch of Celest Thoi is an exciting news for the bridal industry and very quickly, the buzz had many brides-to-be visiting her from around the region. It was at her own wedding that started her in the bridal industry when she could not find something quite her style - simple, elegant, chic and timeless. That is the beginning of her journey as a designer for her brides in her niche.
Read her interview below and her latest collection unveiled at recent Malaysia International Fashion Week.
Congratulations on your recent MIFW show, tell us a little about your label Celest Thoi and the recent collection.Thank you, it means a lot to me. The collection is titled The Celestial Spark Collection inspired by my mom’s treasure troves of pretty trims and ribbons. The spark also represents the enlightenment and words from my clients and partners who have been super encouraging and supportive throughout. They were the ones who sparked the launch of my very own label, Celest Thoi.
What does the label, Celest Thoi represent?
Every Celest Thoi‘s bridal gown is beautifully hand-crafted with luxurious fabrics, ethereal detailing with a modern interpretation of classic lines. Just like falling in love, I aspire for my brides to still love the gown many years down memory lane for I work on the philosophy of timeless, simplicity and elegance.
How did you begin on your journey of being a bridal gown designer?
It all started when I was shopping for my wedding 8 years back. I wanted a simple dress in timeless design but I could not find anything that fitted my requirements, I then decided to design my own. I loved the whole process so much that I opened a bridal boutique in New Zealand shortly after. In 2009, my little family and I relocated to Kuala Lumpur where I would like to bring in a little of those classy influence from the land of the long white clouds.
What do you love most about your work?
Like all little girls, I loved playing dress-ups and love all things pretty. I would be transported to my own fairytale world when I visit any haberdashery shops that sell trimmings, ribbons, buttons and etc. I love playing around with these pretty knick-knacks together with beautiful fabrics. Plus the fact that I am always interacting with very happy and excited people…it makes me feel happy and fulfilled at the same time.
Celest Thoi is fast gaining popularity as a sought-after wedding dress designer, what’s your aspiration for every bride wearing Celest Thoi collection?
Wow, Thank you. It is just the beginning, my gratitude and thanks to all for the support. I would like every bride who is wearing my design to be like she has just walked out from a magazine shoot.
I designed each gown with the bride’s personality in mind as well as the practicality for the venue, be it a church wedding, a garden wedding or a beach wedding, there is that special dress for each bride.
Should a bride go for ready-to-wear or made-to-measure?
It really all depends on what the bride wants. Whether she is adamant on what she wants or she is happy to find something that suits her from ready-to-wear. From my experience, I believe most girls will have a dream dress that she would like to have for her big day. At times, it is not easy to find something that will fulfill your dream and at the same time flatter your body shape. For this, I would definitely recommend made-to-measure.
What are the common mistakes by bride-to-be and your advice?
Do not bring too many people with you when you go dress shopping. Bring only people whom you trust and value their views most. More importantly, trust your instinct for you’ll know when it’s the one! It’s pretty much like when you met your hubby-to-be for the very first time.
You have two beautiful daughters, do you style them? Do you have flower girls collection?
I will style them every now and then. It’s really fun playing dress-up with them. As you can see from the MIFW finale walk, my kids were wearing dresses similar to mine. I reckon it’s really cool if your bridal party can dress in that direction, it will look awesome in pictures. I would love to design a range of bridesmaids and flower girl dresses in pretty hues in the near future.
How did you feel when you dressed a bride for the very first time?
I can still remember I was amazed and a sense of fulfillment was felt in my heart.
View more of Celest Thoi‘s exquisite collection of bridal gown here.
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