Here at AXIOO, we believe that a life without passion is no life at all. We’re fuelled by it everyday, to break down walls and find creativity, to create beautiful masterpieces. We are passionate about what we do.
In our journey, we have been blessed to meet people who live their lives with their own passions, even more blessed when we meet those who share our passion, but use it to thrive and create in other industries. That’s why when we met Monica Ivena, our hearts skipped a beat and we instantly connected. She’s a kind-hearted soul with a brilliant mind who creates mind-blowing wedding gowns with a lot of heart. Her work takes our breaths away, leaving us to imagine brides-to-be pointing to one of her dresses and saying, That’s it! That’s my IT dress!
Monica is our favorite version of Young On Top. She’s young rising star that’s making an impact in the Indonesian bridal fashion industry. We’re so proud of her and what she’s doing. Tonight, we know we’ll be even prouder of her as we watch her take the walk down the fashion runway to open her very first solo bridal fashion show!
We had a little chat with the young designer this week before the hassle of the show began to talk a little bit about her life as a fashion designer. Hope you’ll be as inspired as we are.
AXIOO (A): What sparked your interest in fashion?
Monica Ivena (MI): I’ve been interested in fashion ever since I was a kid. I knew that I’ve always wanted to be a designer and my dream has never changed. I remember back when I was still in Elementary school, I received order to make hand-made pins from flannel and sold three of it for 10,000 rupiah. It wasn’t much, but it made me proud to have some extra pocket money.
A: What made you take fashion more seriously and make a career out of it?
MI: Since being a fashion designer has always been a dream, I put my faith in it. I wasn’t afraid to try and make it. When I first started, I never asked anyone to pay me. I took every order as a learning experience – a chance for me to practice. I was so happy already to have people put their trust in me to make their gowns. When I found that many people liked my designs, I felt my dream getting closer within my reach, and then I found the courage to turn it into a career.
A: What is the biggest lesson you learned about having ur own label?
MI: Every single thing I have been through to get to where I am today is a lesson. To make a gown requires constant learning and I know that I will always have to keep learning to give the best. That’s the biggest lesson: Never Stop Learning.
A: What is the best thing you love about being a fashion designer?
MI: Ah, since this is pretty much like a dream come true, I’d say that everything is the BEST! (LOL!) But if I had to pick out one thing that I absolutely love about being a fashion designer, that would have to be to see a bride on her wedding day in the dress that I made for her. To be a part of someones big day, that makes me so happy! What I particularly love about being a Bridal Fashion Designer is being part of someones once in a lifetime. It brings me tremendous joy, especially when I see how radiant the bride looks in her wedding dress.
A: This is your first solo fashion show. How does it feel to be Monica Ivena right now?
MI: Oh wow. The feeling is indescribable. I know that I’ve imagined this day ever since I was a kid, but never in my wildest dream, had I imagined it would feel like this. I feel so happy right now. I feel giddy and proud and overwhelmed with gratitude and touched by how good God has been in my life. I am so thankful for all the blessings that He has showered me with and all the doors He has opened in my life. I am so grateful that I find myself at loss for words to describe how I feel. All I know is that, it feels pretty great to be Monica Ivena right now because God is so, so, so good.
Thank you for sharing your story with us Monica. We’ll be keeping you in our prayers for a successful show tonight. Blow them away!!
Gown by @monicaivena
Decor by @steve_decor
Fabric by @romitexworld
Shoes by @minkashoes
Accessories by @rinaldyayunardi
Make up by @lisabudiarti @luvazesalon
Photography by @fensoong