Art and design has always been a part of Connie Tao’s life. She grew up with a mother, aunt, and grandmother that worked in the design and dressmaking business. Her mother, an active fashion designer, greatly influenced her love of fashion and design. As a child, her parents supported her interests in art by enrolling her in art classes and encouraging her love of drawing. So it was no surprise when she decided to go to Otis College of Art and Design to get a Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Design.
Four years at Otis greatly sharpened Connie’s skills in illustrating and designing. Upon graduation, she was offered a position at BCBG MAX AZRIA GROUP. There she thrived in a fast paced, design driven environment. After five years of learning under some great designers and mentors, Connie decided to make a new start by opening her own business.
Custom bridal wear was something that Connie had dabbled with on and off after she graduated from Otis. Connie’s childhood friend planted the first seed for this eventual business venture. When this friend got engaged, she very excitedly asked Connie if she could design her wedding dress. Working with her friend showed Connie how much she enjoyed working one on one with brides and others that wanted a special dress, custom fit to their body and tastes. This very first wedding started a realization of a dream that Connie never knew she could pursue.
When it came time to venture off on her own, the custom bridal and evening wear business was the obvious choice. This brought her mother, one of her strongest supporters, into the role of mentor and partner for Connie’s business. Having had her own business and even at one time a bridal wear business with her sister, Connie’s mother is in integral part of this journey and an incredible mentor for her. With the support of both her parents, Connie can go on to realize her dream of making custom gowns.
Connie Tao Designs is labor of love and hugely made possible by the support of family and friends. It is the wish of Connie that every woman could have the dress of their dreams on their most important day, may it be their wedding or an extra special event.