If you haven’t heard, ETHEREAL by Watabe Wedding is launching a series of Kimono Cheongsam gowns. This launch opened a door to a quintessential fashion trend in Singapore’s bridal scene.
WedElf spoke to the designer who weaved 2 separate cultures into wearable marvels. ETHEREAL’s in-house Singaporean designer, Sherry Lim, married timeless elegance with a cross-cultural touch by piecing Kimono & Obi fabrics into an oriental Mandarin garment – Cheongsam. Fusion fashion has been around for centuries, but a combination of Japanese and Chinese ethnic fashion is not common. It is arguably “a unique concept never done before”, especially in bridal fashion.
Photo by: Blisspixel Photography | Kimono Cheongsam Collection from Ethereal The Label
At just 24, do not take her age as a measure of her competency for she has launched her 1st collection as a bridal gown designer. Her inspiration when designing these signature Kimono Cheongsams came from the antecedent journey of Watabe Wedding Group, where they first started out as a “Kimono” shop in Kyoto, as well as the rich oriental cultures of a Mandarin Cheongsam. Each kimono fabric of this collection is carefully sourced in Kyoto, Japan. Through the mix of cultures, a constraint presents within the design itself, yet appeals through its roots in traditionalism.
In Singapore, cheongsams are popular among the local Chinese brides and are usually donned during the tea ceremony where the bride and groom kneel before their elderly. To most Chinese families, this is the way to officiate a marriage. By designing a line that modernises the ethnic clothing, ETHEREAL has set their sights on revolutionising this bridal fashion trend.
All of the pieces in the collection are now made available in the boutique of ETHEREAL in Singapore. It’s just a week since its launch, but the pieces are commanding great attention from the South-East Asia region.
Have a look at signature designs:
Inspired by traditional colours of the Orient, Akemi constituents of a vehement kimono fabric coalesced with a luscious and modern laced low back details.
The delicate fabrics of Izumi are carefully conjoined to create an elegant silhouette. With unique trilateral lace panels on the skirt and delicate scenic details on the collars trailing to the back, it is truly a one-of-a-kind exquisite piece.
Photos by: Ethereal The Label | Bridal Gown Designer
Watch the Behind-The-Scenes of ETHEREAL Kimono Cheongsam Photoshoot:
“Exude confidence and stay elegant” was Sherry’s advice to all the ladies donning the Kimono Cheongsam gowns. In ETHEREAL, they believe in the importance of elegance and grace in femininity.
Limited yet sought-after, these Kimono Cheongsam gowns may not be available on your wedding day soon. If you’re in love with these gowns like we are, do book an appointment in advance. You might just find ‘The One’!
The Kimono Cheongsam Styled Shoot
“The Kimono Cheongsam Gown is not only perfect for weddings and tea ceremonies, but especially outstanding as an evening gown for special occasions or celebratory functions when donned on women of any age and nationality.” Are you picturing yourself in these gorgeous gowns already?
With Thanks To:
Model: Xin Lin Khaw
Gown Designer: ETHEREAL by Watabe Wedding
Photography: Blisspixel Photography
Hair & Makeup Artist: Autelier Makeup