Zang Toi

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Zang Toi : biography

11 June 1961 –

Early life

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.

In 2013 he was awarded the title of Datuk by the King of Malaysia.


In most of his fashion shows, Toi has employed the services of another famous Malaysian, Ling Tan, whose career he helped to kick-start.


Awards Received: 1990 Mouton Cadet Young Designer Award Brand names/Divisions: Zang Toi


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.

Zang Toi launched his new line of fine makeup with Amazing Cosmetics at his Spring 2013 runway show.