THE HISTORY OF THE LEBANESE FASHION DESIGNER Elie Saab - Fashion Worldwide
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Today we get to meet one of the most famous designers of them all – Elie Saab. He is a Lebanese fashion designer born in Beirut in 1964. At just 9 years old, he began drawing fashion sketches, cutting patterns and sewing dresses for his sisters from his mother’s curtains.

From that moment on, he would become an important name in the fashion world and he would get the attention of the celebrities and not only. Let’s find out more!

The design

Saab is facinated by architecture and design and is strongly attached to his Lebanese roots. He manages to unite the Orient with the Occident in his designs. He uses fabrics like taffeta, organza, sable and chiffon. These fine materials are embellished with embroidery, sequins, Swarovski crystals and precious gemstones.

1981

He moved to Paris, so that he could study design but shortly after, he was back in Beirut because he didn’t want to wait any longer to begin designing clothes.

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1982, The debut

At only 18 years old, Elie founded his eponymous couture atelier in Beirut. He was surrounded by 15 craftsmen, and, within a few months he presented his first collection to the public. This was his breakthrough in the fashion world and his talent was well-received. Initially, he made bridal gowns using beautiful fabrics, silk thread, pearls, lace, and detailed embroidery.

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1988, The Ready-To-Wear Collection

After the debut, he presented 3 haute couture fashion shows in Rome and his first ready-to-wear collection during Milan Fashion Week in 1998.

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1990, The invitation

The couturier was invited to show in Paris by the ‘Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. In 2003, he became an invited member, and in 2006 Saab was promoted to corresponding member.

1997, The membership

He was the first non-Italian to become a member of Italian ‘Camera Nazionale della Moda’.

1998, The royalty

Princess Stephanie of Monaco attended his fashion show in Monaco and became instantly a loyal customer. Next year, Queen Rania of Jordan wore one of his designs when she ascended the Jordanian throne.

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2002, The red carpet

He reached international success during the 2002 Academy Awards when the actress Halle Berry won the Oscar for Best Actress dressed in one of his designs. He was the first Lebanese designer to dress an actress or actor for the ‘Oscars’.

The Elie Saab fashion house expanded globally from Los Angeles to Hong Kong. Halle Berry wore many of his designs, for example a gold dress to the Oscars again the next year.

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2003, The partnership

He partnered with Pronovias in order to create a line of wedding dresses. That line would be Elie by Elie Saab.

That same year, he became a member correspondent of ‘Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture’ which governs French fashion. This is the highest honor that a non-French member can receive. He had his first haute couture line in Paris in the same year.

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2005, The first boutique

The designer openes his first boutique in Beirut’s city center. During the same year, Saab presented his ready-to-wear collections in Paris.

2007, Welcome to Paris!

He opened his boutique and couture showrooms in 2007 in the heart of the Triangle d’Or at 1 Rond-point des Champs-Elysées in Paris.

2010, The celebrities

Elie had a portfolio of over 100 international celebrities that wore his designs and “seduces” them to wear Saab at the Grammy’s, Oscars, Golden Globes, Cannes Film Festival. Some of these are: Beyoncé, Halle Berry, Katy Perry, Salma Hayek, Angelina Jolie, Taylor Swift, Mila Kunis, Sandra Bullock, Catherine Zeta-Jones.


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2011, The perfume

It was time to expand the product line. The designer’s first fragrance was released simply named, Elie Saab. It became a bestseller in 15 countries.

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2015, More boutiques on the map

In July 2015, he hosted a party to celebrate the opening of the secod boutique in Paris.

2016, Gowns for little girls

The designer introduced for the first time, a children’s couture collection and the little girls looked adorable, walkind on the runway in their princess versions of grown-up gowns, paraded side by side. There were plenty here in blush-toned tulle and crinoline, bedazzled with 3-D floral embroideries, sequined hearts or starburst crystal embroideries.

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One of his dresses, which was thickly decorated with diamonds and emeralds, is said to have sold for $2.4 million.

Among the most loyal customers he has, there are a number of royal personalities like The Countess Stephanie de Lannoy, The Princess Beatrice de York, The Princess Margareth de Liechtenstein, The Princess Madelene de Sweden.

Today, you can find the Elie Saab gowns in stores in Beirut, Paris and Londra.

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