Fei shares what it’s like to have your wed­ding dress cre­ated by Gi­ambat­tista Valli

Hong Kong Tatler Weddings - - Cover Story -

Most girls have an idea of what they want their wed­ding dress to look like. For as long as I can re­mem­ber, I knew I wanted Gi­amba to make my dress. He makes very dream­like cre­ations that are just above and beyond.

It was a long process. I went to Paris four times for the fit­tings and each time I saw a very dif­fer­ent stage of the cre­ation. As a bride, you’re very anx­ious to see the fi­nal re­sult, but I had com­plete faith in him and his vi­sion, and the fi­nal dress ex­ceeded my wildest ex­pec­ta­tions. One of the seam­stresses told me this is the big­gest dress they’ve ever made, but sur­pris­ingly I didn’t find it over­whelm­ing. I think it’s very dreamy and ac­tu­ally quite com­fort­able.

For the dress that I wore to the din­ner re­cep­tion, we de­cided to go for a dif­fer­ent vibe. It was made of silk and much lighter. Gi­amba in­cluded silk rose petals in dif­fer­ent shades of pink through­out the bodice of the gown so it matched the flo­ral el­e­ments of the re­cep­tion. Every petal was placed on the dress while I was wear­ing it to see how it would flow with the dress.

At the fi­nal fit­ting for the wed­ding gown, I was sit­ting there wait­ing and saw that five girls had to carry the dress in. It looked amaz­ing. When I first saw it, it looked like a cloud. I didn’t have that TV mo­ment where I burst into tears; I just spent time ad­mir­ing the crafts­man­ship that went into it, es­pe­cially be­cause the peo­ple I talked to most were the team from the ate­lier who did all the hard work. They had to hand-pleat and iron every layer of tulle. It was just in­cred­i­ble. The at­ten­tion to de­tail on how the dress re­lates to the per­son wear­ing it is what makes it such a spe­cial cre­ation.

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