Thai Nguyen is the Vietnamese fashion designer best known for his Eastern fusion custom hand-made designs.
Back in South Vietnam, where Thai was born, his parents owned a private sewing school. Whether it was the influence of his surroundings or not, at the age of nine, Thai learned how to sew and realized that he had a passion for fashion. Thai and his family immigrated to America in 1993. Knowing the high stress and demands of the fashion industry, his parents had hopes of him choosing a different career path, but Thai continued to pursue his childhood dream.
Thai started his career in California after graduating from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in 2002 as the associate designer for BCBG Max Azria. In order to fulfill his love of the arts and have the creative freedom he desired, Thai left that position in 2004 and began creating custom designs for prominent Vietnamese productions and artists internationally. Since then, Thai’s collaborations included being the fashion designer/contributor with the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, RuPaul’s Drag Race, and a finalist on Bravo’s TV show “Launch My Line.” Soon after, Thai’s designs graced the red carpets including the Oscars and Grammy Awards and appeared in many editorial magazines like Vogue Italia, Vanity Fair, and New Beauty. Countless celebrities, actresses, entertainers, and super models including Jennifer Lopez, Cindy Crawford, Juliette Lewis, Kristen Bell, Katharine McPhee, Nicole Scherzinger, Lavern Cox, Jasmine Tookes, Kate Beckinsale and Katy Perry have all reveled in the Thai Nguyen Atelier brand.
Currently, Thai lives and works in Orange County where he and his business partner, Helen Nguyen, established the Thai Nguyen Couture showroom and storefront offering custom-made apparel since it’s opening in 2008.