FRENCH LOVE

Renowned wed­ding gown de­signer Ce­lest Thoi shares with us the in­spi­ra­tions for her lat­est spring/sum­mer col­lec­tion which ex­udes a ro­man­tic vin­tage flair

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Renowned wed­ding gown de­signer Ce­lest Thoi talks about her in­spi­ra­tions for her lat­est col­lec­tion

TATLER WED­DINGS: How did you be­gin your

ca­reer as a de­signer? CE­LEST THOI: It was 10 years ago; I was look­ing for a wed­ding gown for my very own big day. I ab­so­lutely loved the ex­pe­ri­ence of mak­ing my own gown so af­ter the wed­ding, I had a kind of “hang­over”. With sup­port from my hus­band, I de­cided to jump into the wed­ding in­dus­try.

TW: Why are you pas­sion­ate about de­sign­ing wed­ding gowns? CT: I think the pas­sion re­ally comes from my nat­u­ral char­ac­ter as it can be traced back to my child­hood when I used to love watch­ing my mom sew. Her draw­ers of laces, rib­bons and but­tons were equiv­a­lent to most kids’ fan­tasy of a trea­sure chest. How­ever, my hus­band thinks that the pas­sion came from my eye for de­tails which per­fectly suits this line of work. I have in fact been di­ag­nosed with OCD! (laughs)

TW: Where do you get your in­spi­ra­tion from when de­sign­ing wed­ding gowns? CT: In­spi­ra­tion comes from any­where even when I am caught in a traf­fic jam! Mostly, I love to take time off and travel to places to get dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives and clear my mind like an empty sketch­book. This doesn’t hap­pen of­ten enough but luck­ily there are sim­ple things like flow­ers, old books and vin­tage im­ages to tickle my mind.

TW: How would you de­scribe your lat­est col­lec­tion? CT: Do ex­pect a lot more laces and em­bel­lish­ments with a touch of vin­tage. They are very ethe­real and ro­man­tic.

TW: What in­spired your lat­est spring/ sum­mer col­lec­tion? CT: I was in Paris last year and was re­ally in­spired by all the quaint shops I went to, thus the col­lec­tion’s name: French Love. I was im­pressed with their win­dow dis­plays where they com­bined old vin­tage pieces with their new col­lec­tion. Those im­ages kept flash­ing across my mind when I was brain­storm­ing ideas for my new col­lec­tion.

TW: Why did you de­cide to use horses in the photo shoot and how does it re­flect your col­lec­tion? CT: I did this shoot in Syd­ney in col­lab­o­ra­tion with renowned pho­tog­ra­pher Jenny Sun. We wanted a horse to cel­e­brate the beauty of equine to­gether with our beau­ti­ful gowns to give that dreamy and sublime look. I al­ways see horses as an el­e­gant crea­ture so it re­ally com­ple­ments the dresses which are sim­ple and el­e­gant.

TW: Who are some of your style icons? CT: It has al­ways been Coco Chanel, Brigitte Bar­dot and Grace Kelly. More re­cently, Kate Mid­dle­ton is a new ad­di­tion. To me, they share the same kind of clas­sic, style and sim­plic­ity that will never fade.

TW: Can you share with us the process a cus­tomer would go through when de­sign­ing a cus­tom-made dress with you? CT: Un­der­stand­ing the client is our first pri­or­ity. We will al­ways find out if our clients have a design in mind as most brides I know al­ways have a dream dress. We will then design with the bride by ad­vis­ing her of the suit­able cut and neck­line that will fit her body shape. Once a design is de­ter­mined, we will source for the ap­pro­pri­ate fab­rics. Clients can ex­pect about two fit­tings be­fore the gown is de­liv­ered.

TW: What are some of the lat­est trends that you are in­cor­po­rat­ing into your wed­ding gown col­lec­tion? CT: The il­lu­sion neck­lines and sheer backs are my re­cent favourites that re­ally bring out the el­e­gant aura of the bride. Also, we’ve been hav­ing a lot of fun stretch­ing our cre­ativ­ity by de­sign­ing gowns which can be con­verted into six dif­fer­ent styles. So the bride can “play” with the gown through­out the pre-wed­ding shoots and the ac­tual day.

For more on what goes be­hind the scenes with Ce­lest Thoi, visit malaysi­atatler.com/peo­ple

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