It took 240 hours to complete in the New York atelier: 10 yards of white Italian silk faille and those buds cascading across the bodice and skirt. Individual petals and stamens lifted up and off the dress here and there to add dimension, while the strapless top resembled a full scalloped flower.
On a cold January day, Kim arrived in a private studio space in Gangnam to meet with Min for the fitting. “As soon as I saw it, I knew it was my dress,” Min said. “The elegance of the silk with the loveliness of the flowers created a perfect dress.” When the veil was pulled from its box and tucked over her head—attached to a clustered pearl band, strewn with more poppies—the vision was complete. “I really felt like I was dreaming,” she said. (x)