At a young age, Meiling knew she wanted to be a fashion designer, so her mother taught her to sew. This introduction to tailoring sparked her passion for designing and crafting fine garments, which has evolved today into her life’s work. With no opportunities in 1960s Trinidad to receive a formal education in fashion design, Meiling left home in her teens, bound for London, England and the Lucie Clayton School of Design. After receiving her diploma in the early 70s, she returned to Trinidad, where she set up her first studio and retail outlet in a renovated garage.
Since 1983, Meiling has worked closely with Emmy Award-winning costume designer, Peter Minshall on his Carnival productions and other artistic presentations. This collaboration has won her accolades, notably for her involvement in the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, and for her work with the Miss Universe Pageant, which was held in Trinidad in 1999. In 2005, Absolut of Sweden commissioned Meiling to design uniforms for the Absolut bar at 51 Degrees, a local nightspot. This collaboration proved so successful that the company concocted an “Absolut Meiling” martini.
In 2010, Meiling was one of only two designers in the English speaking Caribbean to be invited to show at Plataforma K in Colombia. This is the most prestigious fashion trade show in the South American region and in 2011, she was the only one invited back to represent the English Speaking Caribbean at large.
Meiling also launched the MEILING COMPLETE line of lifestyle products which includes room scent diffusers and candles. In 2011, Meiling was honoured by receiving the Women of Influence Award from the Association of Female Executives of Trinidad& Tobago for her innovation and business acumen.
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