Australia’s dressmaker is back after a five-year absence: Kuala Lumpur
KUALA LUMPUR (AP) Dressmaker Kuala Lumpur’s husband has died after a series of heart attacks, and his wife has left the business to take on the new job as a companion for a nurse.
Kuala’s husband, a former Australian soldier, died in 2009.
The bride, also a former soldier, is now the sole wife and mother of the bride’s new child.
The business has been operating since 2011.
Kuala Lampur, who also worked as a cook in a refugee camp, was known for her extravagant wedding dresses and elaborate jewelry, and she has won the title of best-dressed bride in the World Dress Maker Awards.
Kampur’s new job is the first of its kind in Malaysia, a country of 1.3 billion people that has struggled to keep up with the demand for wedding dressmaking.
The country’s population has dropped from 3.6 billion to 2.4 billion over the past decade.
More than 400 wedding gowns are being produced annually, according to a spokeswoman for the Malaysian Dressmakers Association.
Kamran Abdul Rahman, president of the Malaysian Federation of Wedding Dressmakers, said he was surprised that Kuala had returned to the business, which has been in the family since 1949.
“I hope they will continue to do so,” Rahman said.
He said his association was looking into the new position.
A dressmaker in the 1990s, Rahman also worked for a local hospital, and he said he felt a sense of pride to be a part of the business.
After her husband’s death, Kuala became the sole woman and mother in the business in 2011, Rahman said, but she was a former combat medic who left the military after her service in Afghanistan.
Kuala’s first marriage ended in divorce.
She married the former military medic in 2005.
In 2012, she had a baby daughter with her second husband, and her third husband, Abdul Hamid, had a child with his third wife, a doctor.