The last time we spoke to Jasmine Chong, the up-and-coming fashion designer was teasing her upcoming appearance on the first season of Amazon Prime Video’s highly-anticipated fashion reality TV show hosted by Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum, Making The Cut.
When it aired at the end of March in 2020, the global pandemic was in full swing, with strict lockdowns and travel bans implemented worldwide. “Everyone was at home and so many more people tuned in than I expected,” says Chong. “People were recognising me in the streets, even with my mask on.”
However, she reflects that the period was an anxiety-ridden one as she was the very first contestant sent home by the show’s star-studded judging panel comprising Naomi Campbell, Chiara Ferragni and Nicole Richie. She presented two dresses that explored size fluidity, including a blue dress that she admits is ‘still the ugliest thing I’ve ever sent down the runway’ and a sheer emerald runway piece that was critiqued as too revealing and difficult to market to the wider public.
"I was so terrified what everyone would see and think and I was almost thankful for the all the time inside to heal from it."— Jasmine Chong
Two years later, the talented Malaysian fashion designer opens up to Tatler about her experience on the show and how it had shaped her journey as she channeled her energy back into her eponymous label based in New York's Garment District. The 34-year-old also gives us the scoop on her latest collection and first ever fashion film, Paradiso.