Louisa Michael is a wedding gown designer. Yup, you heard right. What a cool job, right? Spend hours each day surrounded by blings and beads, lace and chiffon, frills and frocks, love and romance… so dreamy.
In fact, you may have worn her before. Her dress, that is.
She’s one of the wedding dress designers at Pretty In White, the hugely popular bridal boutique in Selangor.
Louisa insists, “My job is not as glamourous as you think it is. But I absolutely love it.”
For as long as she can remember, Louisa has always wanted to be a designer. For any arts. She found out quite early that she loved to create & design, “I’m always fascinated with things around me, they inspire me.” So off she went to pursue her dream – obtained her degree in Arts, majoring in fashion from the Paris American Academy, worked in Paris for Anne Valerie Hash and as backstage dresser for Elie Saab.
Bright lights of Paris couldn’t keep her there though. Louisa came back to Malaysia and did a stint at That Special Occasion before moving to Pretty In White.
Known for the trademark finishings on her dresses (“I love to do my own crystal finishings.” So do we!) and her hair with bright highlights, Louisa said her job keeps her tremendously busy. With the coming wedding, though, she has had to find time.
“I’ve always wanted a simple wedding with close friends and family. But with more family involved in the planning process, it’s no longer a simple wedding!” she laughed. And the planning DOES get a little complicated because she’s based in Kuala Lumpur while the wedding is set in Kuching, Sarawak.
Louisa is marrying her childhood-love, Khavines. They grew up together in their hometown Bau back in Sarawak and she said, “He makes me normal because my work can get crazy. Does that sound right? (giggle)”
They’re getting married in a lovely cathedral in Kuching this December. After the mass, they’ll drive to Bau (where Malaysia’s first woman Olympic medallist Pandelela Rinong is from too), a small town about half an hour from Kuching, for the wedding dinner.
Throughout the day, Louisa will, of course, wear her creations. I’d love to see what she’ll wear!