The story behind Malaysian model Alicia Amin's outfits for her lockdown wedding


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  • Tuesday, 16 Feb 2021

Malaysian model Alicia Amin created quite the buzz when she tied the knot on Valentine's Day. Her outfits then became the talk of the town on social media. Photo: Twitter/@aliciaamin

Malaysian model Alicia Amin created quite the buzz when she tied the knot on Valentine's Day. A photograph and video of her marrying medical doctor Farzan Iqbal was shared on Instagram to the delight of fans.

Their poignant love story (which began during the first MCO in 2020) is of course, worthy of the very romantic wedding date. Yet, what made it all the more beautiful was the outfits she chose.

Alicia wore two designs by local label Alia Bastamam. Both featured a pared-down, minimalist silhouette, embellished with beautiful lace.

"Because everyone is so unsure about making even short-term plans, we had an appointment set with Alicia maybe ten days before the solemnisation ceremony," Alia reveals.

"Alicia has always been an Alia Bastamam girl – her svelte figure is just right for our runway pieces and she's the only one bold enough to slip into the more risque designs, which we love most."

The modest look was for a ceremony in a mosque. Alicia wore a full ivory satin gown cut on the bias, with a cowl neckline. An underlayer of sheer French lace echoed the cape sleeves that trailed behind her.

She then switched to a sheer French lace top paired with a sarong-style column skirt for the intimate ceremony at home. It came with a fully embellished lace-and-chiffon veil.

"The looks were not specially designed for her, but when we fitted her with all the options, they were the ones that struck a chord with her. We knew instantly that those were the ones for her," Alia points out.

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Alicia and Farzan, who met through a dating app, had their solemnisation ceremony at a mosque in Kuala Lumpur. The couple told Malaysia Tatler that they initially planned to just register for marriage minus the fanfare.

The easing of restrictions leading up to it allowed them to then organise a small and intimate akad nikah. A strict SOP meant that only up to six people were in attendance.

Alicia is known for speaking her mind regarding social issues, especially with frank postings on Instagram and Twitter. She first shot to fame in 2017 when representing Malaysia in reality television show Asia's Next Top Model.

Her wedding outfits have since been criticised on social media for being too revealing. Some people even accused her of treating the hijab as a fashion accessory.

Alicia has clapped back at the negative comments. She also explained that she had to cover her hair, as the solemnisation ceremony was held in a mosque.

"Apart from the need to be dressed appropriately for the mosque, there were really no protocols to follow in coming up with her wedding looks," Alia explains.

"We didn’t have to worry about any VIP guests, how many hours she would have to sit in the dress – all of those worries went out the window."

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