I have been designing wedding gowns for twenty years. How time flies. I have seen dozens, hundreds of brides-to-be having a beautiful and unforgettable wedding parties.
Many unique experiences give colors to the process. The dreams reflected on the eyes of the brides-to-be. The challenges faced them when trying to translate their wishes in the gowns. The profound emotion reverberating inside when designing a gown. The inspirations that come from a couples character. These are the moments I enjoy the most.
There are so many interesting stories behind a beautiful wedding gown. I learned so much from these stories. There is a unique story that I wanted to share with you. Because she wanted to follow the latest trend at that time, a bride wanted to have a wedding gown with an extremely long train. To fulfill her dream, I designed a gown that had a 6-meter-long train. That long train gave the bride difficulties at the Tea pai ceremony. The room was not big enough for it! Since then, I started designing detachable trains to make it easier for the brides.
These experiences have made me think that maybe it is time for me to share my knowledge through a website. This website is divided unto several topics and it serves as a practical guide for anyone who needs it. Behind my dreams that are reflected on elegant gowns, I want to accompany, understand, and minimize the difficulties that the brides and grooms face preparing -I believe!- a once in a lifetime party.
I also have another dream. I want this website to be a reference that can generate ideas to help and broaden the horizon of fashion lovers and other young gown designers. I want to boost their energy so they can produce more beautiful gown to give the brides their own unforgettable moments.
Little Tina was a dreamer. Her dreams had made her what she is right now, a ” dream interpreter” for brides-to-be, a wedding dress designer.
Since she got caught sketching a wedding gown in her German class at High School, she had decided that being a designer was all she want to do. She finished her study at Kadorie Fashion College, Singapore, in 1980.
In 1981, she enthusiastically started her business in a 3×4-square meter room. She saved some money to buy 200.000- rupiah sewing machine, by which she started sewing her dreams.
Many people may not realize that her own personal experience was the one that made up her mind. It was back in 1985 and everything was in chaos. Preoccupied by their jobs, she and her fiance, Johnny Andrean, could not take care of their own wedding properly. No organizer was there to help them. Until one time, in the middle of the night, they knocked on a printing company’s door to make their wedding invitations right there and then. They could not wait until morning because it would have been be too late by then. So, in his pajamas, the owner of the company had to grant their wish and printed the invitation! The same thing happened when they were choosing their wedding cake. Since no alternative choices were available for the cake designs, they immediately agreed with the first alternative that was offered to them.
On the wedding day, Tina even had to put her own make up because no one helped her. Unfortunately, it was not the end. After the party, the newlywed couple realized that they had forgotten to prepare their own dinner. That night, they fell asleep with empty stomaches. It’s such a bad story!
Since then, Tina decided to open a bridal and a one-stop wedding services. “I’ll help everybody!” she promised to herself. Johnny Andrean Bridal then became the pioneer of one-stop wedding services in Indonesia.
In 1998, Tina decided to move to America. She experienced many ups and downs that gave her a strong knowledge in her field by opening a store in San Francisco for 7 years. She came back to Indonesia in 2005 to share her knowledge, with a lot of fresh, detailed and thematic concepts.
She has decided that she would never stop dreaming.
In 1984, Tina became a bridal gown designer under the label of Johnny Andrean Bridal. In order to fulfill her dreams, she decided that she had to be the best in the game, so she left for Venice, Frankfurt, Rome, Paris and London to do a research on how to produce a high quality and elegant gown. Accompanied by Johnny, she visited famous boutiques, textile factories and local craftsmen. Enthuastically, step by step she learned and observed everything.
Tina improved there sewing techniques and enriched her design. She blended her original creations into wedding gown elements and applied them on her clients the brides-to-be. Tina never stopped learning. She attended many workshops and joined collective fashion shows to identify her weak spots. In 1989, Tina participated in “Wedding Gown Exhibition” at Igedo, Dusseldorf, Germany. She also participated in many local exhibitions, including the “Asean Trades Fair” in Jakarta.
Always moving forward, the Johnny Andrean Bridal started organizing many wedding exhibitions and establishing partnerships with external parties. They prepared new ideas and helped organize wedding parties, including the honeymoon part. They even held four exhibitions every year, from 1990 till 1997! They became the pioneer of one-stop wedding services in Indonesia.
The competition in the world of wedding dress designers is exceptionally tough. Nonetheless, Tina Andrean never gives up her dreams. Her unique design techniques, influences by the European style, combined with her feminine touch, have made her gown international recognition.
For her spirit, talent and originality designing bridal gown, Tina earned herself an award as the “Best Designer” at the 1992 Asian Fashion Festival. She beat the other 49 participants from all over Asia, including Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Hongkong, and the Philippines. In 1994, she was invited to be a jury at that very event, the one that had made her the best designer two years earlier. One of her most significant achievements was to do a show with world designers. In July 1993, she had a show with Guy Laroche from Paris, Francesco Arena from Milan, and Demetrios from New York, that took place at Sahid Hotel, Jakarta, which was titled “Haute Couture Bridal International”. In April 1994, Tina once again shared a stage with Demetrios, and in May 1995, she had a show with a French designer, Jean Louis Scherrer, for a charity event held at Shangri-la Hotel, Jakarta. Her gown were so exhibited “The Wedding Dresses from The World ’94″ in Milan, Italia. She presented a gown with a 7-meter-long silk train and a total of 11,000 crystals spread all over it!
Tina had dreamed of go international. Therefore, in 1998, she moved to America and opened a boutique at Burlingame, San Francisco, in October 1999. The road to success opened wider for her. Many leading bridal magazines all over the world acknowledged the quality of her gowns. In 2000, The Bridal Galleria, a bridal boutique in California, recommended one of her collections to the fashion editor of Today’s Bride Winter. What happened next was that the dress appeared on the cover of that famous San Francisco bridal magazines. Other bridal magazines, such as Bay Area Weddingpages and Modern Bride, also featured her elegant collections in their editions. She also took part in many bridal exhibitions and fashion shows at Kohl Mansion, Peninsula Golf & Country Club, Concourse and Hillsdale Shopping Center.
All of these achievements are not the end of her dreams, they are a journey of no end.