It’s impossible to have missed the phenomenon that has been Crazy Rich Asians, based on the novel of the same name by Kevin Kwan. On a serious noted, the film has generated a huge response from the Asian community, and on a less serious note, it’s one of the best rom-coms we’ve seen in a while.
Naturally, every rom-com worth its salt serves up a decent dose of fashion. As the title suggests, you can expect some very lavish gowns in the film, and we have costume designer Mary Vogt to thank for that.
There are plenty of designer dresses and accessories, as well as lavish jewellery of course, but the dress that truly stands out is Araminta Lee’s wedding dress (played by Sonoya Mizuno). I suggest you stop reading if you don’t want anymore spoilers.
Araminta basically walks down the aisle on actual water, in a gown that defies all logic, and Mary Vogt has revealed the secrets behind it.
She tells us, ‘The wedding dress and veil were the most expensive. I designed the dress and it was built in Kuala Lumpur by Carven Ong and his workshop of dressmakers and beaders. The fabric was silk shantung, silk netting and stretch netting that was the base of the jumpsuit. The beads were Swarovski, crystals, pearls and tiny sequins in gold, cream and pale pink, also dyed to match the marabou.’
And in case you were wondering how the dress worked with the water, it was actually waterproof. Yep. All in all, the entire design tool four weeks to make, making it the most important costume in the film.
‘The design of the dress was to highlight the graceful movements of the actress Sonoya Mizuno, a former ballerina,’ Mary adds.