Before I came to Melbourne, a family friend in Shanghai recommended the name “Lucy” because it sounds just like my Chinese name. They thought it was a great idea, I didn’t. Plus, my maiden name was “Liu”…
So when I came to Australia, I had the privilege to acquire many things I didn’t have the opportunity to have in Shanghai: less-embarassing clothes, piano lessons, a pet dog, private education, and a set of godparents. It was my godfather who gave me my English name.
Not satisfied with the original spelling of ‘Cecilia’, because I’ve always been a bit of a rebel, I decided to customize my name because I liked the flowing nature of the letter ‘y’. Apparently, ‘Cecylia’ is the Polish variation. Figures.
I’m so thankful to my godfather for my unique name, but it is my godmother who helped to ignite my passion for fashion. She generously gave me a lot of groovy hand-me-downs from her and her kids, which served as the ‘first-fruits’ of my vintage collection. This fringe jacket is a prime example of her exquisite taste.
They say we are what our friends are. Sometimes we are what our godparents are!