The world of fashion keeps evolving with each passing day, and those wonderfully gifted designers keep springing from nearly nowhere to take the markets by storm at intervals. While some of these designers are content with catering to avid fans in their home-stead, some others take designing more seriously and nurture it into a successful business spreading wings far and wide. Interestingly, some of the best-known fashion designers in Asia have had humble beginnings while some others became renowned fashion designers more by accident than by intent.
The following is a selection of some of the top fashion designers in the Asian region.
Megan Park is a leading Australian brand in women’s fashion wear and has a consistent history of a little over a decade. Melbourne is home to the Megan Park brand and a combination of the modern day bohemian spirit with the luxurious artisan appeal has won the attention of international buyers as well as the media over time. A distinct advantage that you might find appealing with this brand is that the collections you choose are never mass produced and Megan is personally involved in every detail from fabric selection to the cut and other details. Today, Megan Park enjoys the patronage of not only Australian women, but also avid customers from across the Middle East, Japan, USA and Europe, with as many as 50 stockists in the USA alone. Australia has over 80 wholesalers apart from 3 exclusive boutiques in Melbourne, Fitzroy and Armadale. Megan Park positions itself convincingly alongside major brands like Dries Van Noten and Marni.
JASONGRECH is among the renowned couture bridal designers in Melbourne and the rest of Australia. Jason has mastered the art of making a woman feel beautiful in all his creations and therefore, it is no wonder that the brand has won multiple awards rising to be a synonym for pure luxury and the most celebrated among couture houses. The fashion landscape of Melbourne and other Australian cities has been continuously influenced by this brand with their inspirational and gorgeous designs as well as innovative thinking. The breathtaking collections offered by the brand draws its inspiration from Melbourne. You cannot miss the diverse tones and textures in the stunning collections from Jason’s. The delicate embroideries, fine detailing, and exceptional quality are among the show stopper features of all Jason range.
In the bridal wear space, Vera Wang has risen to be among the biggest names. With the Chinese background and her foot in the Asian fashion markets, Wang has significantly impacted the wedding garments industry and the fashion market in Asia. Interestingly, Wang’s rise to the top came from designing the dress for her own wedding and opening a bridal boutique that featured sophisticated bridal wear like couture patronized by big socialites and celebrities. She has now successfully parlayed into a fashion line of her own featuring all that fashion conscious women look for – perfumes to lingerie.
This famous Malaysian designer has waded his way to the top from humble beginnings in a small Malaysia village named Kuala Krai. Fashion design was his passion and that took him to New York at a young age of 20 to pursue his passion with Parsons School of Design. 1989 saw the opening of his own studio featuring an array of his collections and he scaled the peak in 1990 when Anna Wintour, the legendary editor of Vogue featured him in the magazine and acknowledged him as the first among Asian designers. From then on, he has never looked back and has been growing in stature.
The Philippine born Monique Lhullier’s entry into the world of fashion was marked by her joining the Fashion Institute of Merchandising and Design in Los Angeles. Soon, she went shopping for her own wedding dress and was disappointed by the options available. In 1996, she thus started her very own fashion line showcasing minimalist yet luxurious designs. She has never looked back from there and successfully added products like handbags, tableware and home-furnishings.
Yumi Kastura grew up in Tokyo and moving to Paris later, she delved into fashion designing. The first bridal salon from Kastura opened in 1964 and she was also the first designer who held a bridal collection show in Japan. 1988 saw Kastura establishing her own bridal museum featuring traditional bridal wear from around the globe.
Guo Pei is a huge name in Chinese fashion circles. For several years now she has been designing the couture originals from Beijing. What sets her work apart is that her entire production is hand sewn revealing a strong mix of the oriental influence and futuristic elements akin to fantasy. She has been the recipient of several awards and counted among the top designers in China.
Tae is the daughter of Jun Ashida, the famous Japanese designer. Presently, she works as an independent designer in her father’s company. She is an alumnus of the ‘Rhode Island School of Design’ her work is featured every year at the Tokyo Fashion Week.
South Korea is home for Andre, who was among the prominent designers for wedding gowns. He is also renowned as the first male in the world of South Korea’s fashion designing space as also the first among South Korean designers who held a fashion show in Paris. Andre has been designing apparels since the 1960s and has received several accolades from different quarters. Sadly, Andre now lives only in memory and Kim Jung-do, his son continues his legacy.
Singapore is home to Tan and is an up and coming designer known for the minimalistic and androgynous elements in combination with tailored, clean silhouettes as well as shaping over the top. Tan has already made a mark for himself and is a candidate to watch out for in the future.
Indonesia is home for Selphie Bong and has carved out a place for herself as the youngest among successful Indonesian designers. She was also the lone Indonesian designer selected for haute couture designer.