Designer Story

Ou Ma

I’ve always known I wanted to be an artist.

As I made my way through early life in Beijing, I set my sights on determining what medium best represented the creativity I always felt. It wasn’t until I was a little older that I was able to conceptualize that it wasn’t paint to canvas artistry that inspired me, but the movement, intent, and emotion that comes with what we wear and why. The knowledge that something as simple as fabric, thread and scissors could impact culture, create movements, and leave an imprint on someone's life set me on my lifelong path. 

After graduating top of my class at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, I joined the design team at Calvin Klein Made-to-Measure Atelier and later on at Ralph Lauren Women's Collection. This became a hugely influential time in my career, as I learned the ins and outs of what it means to combine art and fashion and how to merge my personal expression with a client's vision to create something magical. After building a life around couture fashion and around New York itself, I made the tough but necessary decision to pack up and move to Vancouver with a longing to bring my couture knowledge and experience to the industry I longed to be a part of: bridalwear. An industry known for the emotional and visceral connection between the wearer and the garment. I knew I had found my people! 

What started as designing and constructing custom wedding gowns as a 1 woman show in my basement has grown to a full production team containing some of the city's best. Every design I make and every new bride I meet further cements the passion behind my “why”.  

With love, Ou

With over 15 years spent designing, Ou has dressed celebrities from the likes of Anne Hathaway, Christy Turlington, and Kate Winslet, and has received major accolades in Vogue Italia, WWD, and

Her designs have been showcased at New York Fashion Week.

Ou Ma wedding dress designer O M Couture
Ou Ma wedding dress designer O M Couture


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