Walee Smith, a former accountant turned fashion designer, was
born in Bangkok,Thailand and moved to the United States at the
age of nineteen. As a child, she was always obsessed with arts
and fashion. As a young girl, she enjoyed playing with paper dolls
more than with regular dolls and it was here that her obsession
and skill become more apparent. She had a unique talent for
sketching, drawing, and painting at young age without any formal
training. She would meticulously design, create, and color each
layer of an outfit and made entire wardrobes for her dolls. Little
did she know that this passion of designing for her paper dolls
would lead to an opportunity to fulfill her dream as bridal
industry design artist.
She wanted to pursue a career that expressed her artistic abilities.
It wasn’t until many years of working in accounting that she
decided to commit to her true passion of design. That led her to
attend Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas where she
received her Bachelor’s of Art in Fashion Design.
While in school, her passion for design in the bridal industry
continued to grow. She had the privilege of working in Watters
Bridal atelier. It was this experience that gave Ms. Smith the
knowledge, experience, and formal exposure to understand the
importance of quality, attention to detail, and fit to flatter every
After she graduated, she launched her own bridal line, “Noina
Bridal” which is a Houston based bridal gown design firm.
“The designs come from everyday objects or ordinary materials.
For instance, everything that we see, touch, use, discard, and even
living creatures in our world are an excellent source of inspiration.
It can help designers create very beautiful and unique garments
for people to enjoy”.
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