He was born in the Kuala Krai
district in the state of Kelantan
on 11 June 1961.Toi left his native Malaysia at the age of eighteen, and via Toronto, landed in New York
a year later. There he attended Parsons School of Design
and apprenticed with Mary Jane Marcasiano
and Ronaldus Shamask
. In 1989, with a modest collection of bright sarongs, strong suits and regal dresses, he opened his own atelier.
In 1991 Toi won the Mouton-Cadet Young Designers Award, surprising many considering the competition he faced that day. His most recent award of distinction was presented by New York City Public Advocate Mark J. Green
for Toi’s artistic contributions and achievements. In March 1997, Toi was awarded a knighthood by the Sultan of Kelantan. Mr. Toi is also a recipient of The International Center in New York's Award of Excellence.
Toi has served several style arbiters including Sharon Stone
, Patti LaBelle
, Ivana Trump
, Hazelle Goodman
, Kelly Preston
, Kirstie Alley
, Jennifer Tilly
, Meg Ryan
, and Fergie
from The Black Eyed Peas
. Be it the House of Toi signature collection or the "Z" collection, his moderately priced bridge line, Toi’s creations are marketed as original and feminine pieces.
Zang Toi is available in globally fine stores including the Couture Department at Nordstrom
, fine specialty boutiques and Zang Toi Boutiques in Malaysia.
In most of his fashion shows, Toi has employed the... Read More