“I don’t recall a day in my life without a pen in my hand!” | THE FULL BIOGRAPHY OF ZUHAIR MURAD - Fashion Worldwide

Zuhair Murad is a Lebanese fashion designer who grew up in Baalbek, Lebanon. Ever since his early childhood, he always dreamt of taking the world into his hands. The soon to be one of the world’s best designers, he started sketching dresses at the age of 10.

“I don’t recall a day in my life without a pen in my hand!”

(Zuhair Murad in an interview)

The first client

Murad’s first client was his sister’s friend who asked Murad to design an engagement dress. Once the dress was finished, she was amused by it. This was his very first success that gave him courage to move forward with his vision and designs.

1997, The atelier

Zuhair Murad opened his first atelier in Beirut, designing gowns for a private clientele.

1999, The debut

Zuhair Murad celebrated his international debut at the Altaroma Fashion Week, following an invitation from the Camera Nazionale della Moda.

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2001, The first couture collection

Zuhair Murad presented for the first time his couture collection during Haute Couture Week in Paris. From that moment on, he got the attention of the international media. Afterwards, he was chosen by L’agenzia per la Moda to appear at the official opening of the 2001 festival in Rome.

He quickly became known as one of the best designers in Italy. Murad made his mark on the elite Italian catwalks and he managed to express his vision on the French runways. After those two, the other fashion cities were a matter of time. He has dressed many of today’s top models and personalities and his creations can be found in all the major capitals.

2005, The first Ready-To-Wear collection

He approached another level and expended towards a ready-to-wear collection, with a more simple design yet a glamorous touch, as the signature of the designer. Murad debuts the first Zuhair Murad Ready-to-Wear Collection designed to meet the expanding needs of his clientele.

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2007, The showroom

Murad opened his first showroom, “Maison de Couture” in Paris in the heart of the Triangle d’Or on “François 1er” Street. The ground floor is entirely dedicated to ready-to-wear collections, and the luxurious yet simplistic floor displays the couture and bridal dresses. It also has a workshop and a design studio meant to be an extension to the Lebanese Fashion House in Paris.

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2010, The Beauty Pageant

Murad designed a dress for Chloé Mortaud, Miss France at Miss Universe 2009 and five extra dresses for the same event in 2010.

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2011, The celebrities

His amazing creations were worn by Jennifer Lopez and Christina Aguilera at the Golden Globe AwardsFlorence Welch wore his label at the Brits award ceremony. Wanda Skyes, Aguilera and Nina Dobrev also flaunted Zuhair Murad at the Emmy Awards, 2010 and 2011 at this award event. Kerry Washington was spotted with a gown by Murad. In addition to all that, Cheryl Cole wore his outfit on the reality television series, The X Factor. Even princesses have worn his designs, for example Princess Amira Al-Taweel of Saudi Arabia wore his brand when she attended the royal wedding of Prince William.

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2012, The Fashion House

The Zuhair Murad Fashion House relocated to a new, eleven-story building in Gemayzeh, in the heart of Beirut. This fashion house includes their corporate offices, and the heart of the Zuhair Murad Design Studio (designers, pattern makers, tailors and embroidery experts). Zuhair Murad was elected as a new guest member to the Haute Couture fashion week calendar by the supervisory board of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in Paris.

2014, The Bridal Boutique

Murad officially inaugurates his Bridal Boutique located in his eleven-story building in Beirut, where his wedding dresses are displayed and sold. When she got married in November 2015, Sofia Vergara wore a custom made stapless wedding dress made of silk tulle and embellished with pearls, sequins and crystals (the picture below).

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2015, The Offices

Zuhair Murad inaugurates his second Office in Paris, located on Pierre Charron. Placed on the 4th floor, the new office presents Murad’s fashion universe in 400 sqm of wood, white lacquer & glass.

2016, The first Ready-To-Wear Boutique

Zuhair Murad inaugurates his first Ready-To-Wear Boutique in UK, at the prestigious Harrods store in London. In the same time, he also opens his first store in Kuweit, at the luxury department store Harvey Nichols.

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2017, The Upgrade

His wide-ranging lines cover prêt-a-porter, eyewear, accessories and haute couture. The designer plans to expand his business into various lines, such as furnishings, lingerie, swimwear, perfumes and beauty products.

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Nowadays, Zuhair Murad has stores in Beirut and Paris as well as a showroom on Rue Borgogna in Milan. His unique creations define oriental exuberance and beauty and have made their way towards all the major podiums, boutiques, and clientele.

His portfolio of personalities includes Blake Lively, Miranda Kerr, Kellie Pickler, Katy Perry, Shakira, Ivana Trump, Sofia Vergara,Carrie Underwood, Vanessa Williams, Christina Applegate, Najwa Karam, Kirsten Steward, Ana Ortiz, and  many many others.

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