“Dressing is about a sense of occasion, about feeling special. The relationship between personality and garment is very important.”- Meiling.
Meiling is the tour de force behind the premier fashion house, in Trinidad and throughout the Caribbean.
The Meiling brand has existed for over three decades which have been stamped with accolades and awards including collaborations with Emmy Award-winning costume designer, Peter Minshall on his Carnival productions, the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta.
First recipient of Caribbean Designer of the year at Caribbean Fashion Week (CFW) and in 2008 “Grand Master of Fashion Design” in the same year presented the Chaconia Silver Medal, a national award given for the designer’s long and meritorious service to Trinidad and Tobago’s business sector. 2010 one of the only two designers in the English-speaking Caribbean to be invited to show at Plataforma K in Colombia the most prestigious fashion trade show in the south America region and invited back in 2011.
2011: Women of Influence Award from the Association of Female Executives of Trinidad and Tobago for her innovation and business acumen.
2012: Ocean Style Award “in recognition of tremendous effort, great accomplishments and lasting impact on Caribbean Fashion”.
The 50th anniversary of Independence of Trinidad and Tobago Guardian Newspaper’s online survey she was considered one of the top ten of the 50 most influential people in the nation.
2013: Invited as one of the top five global designers to participate in the Woman of Purpose Global Summit.
Awarded the ‘iconic designer’ 2013 National Icon Award of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.
2017: Honorary Distinguished Fellow in Fine Arts from the university of Trinidad and Tobago.
2018: Meiling was honored to represent her country at the first Commonwealth Fashion Exchange event, which hosted designers and artisans from 52 commonwealth countries producing a design using principles of sustainable excellence.
The main event was hosted at Buckingham, Westminster, London, UK.
Meiling is a Board Member of the Common Wealth Fashion Council.
Meiling believes that industry knowledge is something to be passed on to apprentices who in turn help ensure that the Meiling brand, and its outstanding brand values, live through time. In 2018 she completed two cycles of mentoring for fashion industry enthusiasts and practitioners, ages of 16 to 60. Studio operations are energy-efficient, incorporate recycling and upcycling and rely on hand-embroidery and signature bead designs to finish one-of-a-kind garments.