The best designers are problem solvers and dream makers, and Singapore couturier ANN TEOH is one with an inspiring story and the Midas touch.
The wedding dress is something women dream about their entire lives, and Singaporean couturier Ann Teoh has made many of these dreams come true.
In the fashion business for over 30 years, Teoh built her career, brand and atelier based on her very own visions, knack for beautiful craftsmanship and design, and incredible tenacity. Despite get trying childhood, Teoh was determined to shape a bright future for herself and was entrepreneurial from the start: in school, she sewed uniforms for her peers for cash; as a teenager, she studied fashion illustration then sketched, seamed and eventually sold her designs to upscale boutiques here; before getting married and honing her art further in Europe. In 1996, she finally launched her namesake brand in Singapore. Synonymous with bespoke and ready-to-wear gowns for grand occasions, Ann Teoh now boasts a discerning local and international clientele, as well as cocktail and resort collections.
Last May, the award-winning designer presented her latest creations at the Singapore Tatler Weddings Spring/Summer 2014 launch party. Sculpted, appliquéd, draped and embroider, the handcrafted bridal gowns were a precise reflection of her luxurious design aesthetic and attention to intricacies, while her new resort ready-to-wear collection revealed a more fun-loving side, with floral motifs in bright green and red, breezy but tailored separates and stylish jumpsuits that were oh-so-effortless.
Made With Love
Together with two budding designers and a team of seamstresses that have been with her from the very beginning, Teoh remains committed to craftsmanship ensuring embellishments are still hand-sewn to perfection. An elaborate wedding gown comprises a XX-month (I’ll get the answer by tomorrow) process of which Teoh works closely with the wearer or bride, starting from sketching out the “dream” and selecting premium fabrics for utmost comfort and style, to the finishing touches like a lace bow around the waist and extended train or veil for added drama.