The Making of Zang Toi

March 25th, 2009 - 10:27 pm ICT by GD  

The not-so-latest news that created waves in the American Fashion scene was that Zang Toi, the Malaysian fashion designer based in New York, had signed as the Encore sponsor of The School of American Ballet’s Winter Ball that took place on 9th of March in New York.

Zang Toi, was born on the 11th of June, 1961 to an ethnic Chinese family residing in Kelantan in Malaysia. In the year 1981, at the age of 20, Zang Toi immigrated to America to live and be part of the “American Dream”.

After coming to America, he attended the Parsons School of Design from where after three years, in 1984, he graduated with a BFA in Fashion Designing.

After completing his graduation he worked as a trainee under the guidance of Mary Jane Marcasiano and Ronaldas Shamask. Five years later, the year 1989 saw Zang Toi launching his own label with a humble collection of regal dresses, bright sarongs and strong suits and opening his very own atelier.

Zang Toi’s uniqueness lies in his sense of colors inspired by the tropical colors of Asia where he grew up, and it led to the creation of exuberant designs that fired up the ramps of New York. The colourful creations were quickly able to capture the attention of the elite fashion circle of New York.

In the year 1990, Zang Toi was awarded with the Mouton-Cadet Young Designers Award, established by the Baroness Philippine de Rothschild in recognition of new talents.

On 30th of March 1997, Zang Toi was knighted by the king of Malaysia, honoring him with the title “Bentara Seri Kelantan”.

Then in 2002, Zang Toi was recognized at the international Center of New York.

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