Fashion Week El Paseo™ 2017
Photo by Gerry Maceda
Designer of the Week 2014
Zang Toi is a renowned fashion designer who has built a tradition of elegance for more than 20 years. Coming from humble beginnings, Zang was born and raised in a small village, Kuala Krai in Kelantan, Malaysia, where he was the youngest of seven children of a local grocer.
At age 20, Zang landed in New York City, where he studied at the distinguished Parsons School of Design. In August 1989, he opened his atelier and, soon after, U.S. Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour featured Zang in the March 1990 issue. He was one of the first Asian designers championed by the renowned editor. In 1990, Zang was awarded the Mouton Cadet Young Designer of the Year, which recognizes the top, young, U.S. designer of the year. In a Newsday article published in 1991, Frank De Caro recognized Zang, noting, “If anyone is ‘The Next Big Thing,’ it’s him.”
Since that time, the designer’s work has been featured in other major publications such as Vanity Fair, Time, Newsweek, and The New York Times, among others. Not only has he dressed A-List celebrities including Sharon Stone, Elizabeth Taylor, and Eva Longoria, but has also created luxurious wardrobes for philanthropists and royalty, including Melinda Gates and Saudi Princess Haifa Bandar Al Saud.
Along with his passion for glamorous fashion, Zang has been an avid supporter of the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LIVESTRONG), and has raised more than $700,000 to help in the effort in finding a cure for cancer. He was recognized by the foundation in 2008/2009 when he was presented with the Lance Armstrong Foundation Top Fundraiser Award.
Zang's continued success was most recently highlighted by Vivid Magazine, which named him one of the top eight most influential Chinese Americans (June–July 2011 issue). Today, the world continues to recognize Zang's passion for timeless beauty, as he builds on a strong tradition of elegance.
Photography by Gerry Maceda