Here comes the bride, all dressed in… a nude Iris van Herpen couture confection with a 3.5m tulle. If tying the knot in an ethereal design by the Dutch couturiere doesn’t scream major fashion moment, then consider wearing it as a transformative moment for Elyn Yinyin Wong, the founder/designer of fashion label Stolen, who wed Dr Paul Tseng in October 2020.
While van Herpen is best known for her sculptural avant-garde designs that look like art installations, the Amsterdam-based designer does create more wearable designs for a lucky few. According to a New York Times article in 2019, van Herpen produces about 100 designs a year for her private clientele.
The bride and groom.
Besides the dress, Wong’s big day was also replete with various elements that would appeal to both romantics, art, design, and style fiends. Cue the 500-year-old antique Hetian jade emblem that one of her bridesmaids carried down the aisle (the gem signifies great fortune and health of the union) and the heirloom ruby ring from the ’40s which she paired with her dress – objets d’art full of symbolism that would also thrill any jewellery and vintage fiend.
Or how about the verdant arrangements by floral design company This Humid House, which decorated the interiors of her home? The architectural floral installations evoked a wondrous garden of botanical delights, unlike the usual arrangements you would get at a wedding.
Here, we get Wong to give us an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at how she turned her big day into a stylish (and memorable) affair.