Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Elie Saab

Elie Saab has become synonymous with luxury and modernism. A serious couturier with a powerful and unique vision, Saab takes luxury to its zenith, designs for a woman that are both dreamlike and elegant. Born in Beirut on the fourth of July, Saab’s interest in dressmaking started at the young age of 9. He spent much of his free time cutting patterns and drawing sketches for his sisters using his mother’s tablecloths and curtains. In 1982, Elie Saab opened his first atelier in Lebanon at the age of 18 with ten employees. He began designing luxurious evening gowns and exquisite wedding dresses. Saab quickly proved that his talent surpassed his age when he showed his first collection at the Casino Du Liban in Beirut. Garnering extensive media coverage, Saab’s astounding debut collection dazzled the Lebanese press, who instantly dubbed him the “precocious genius.” Saab’s prodigal talent for design and public renown fueled his career throughout the 1980’s. The Elie Saab couture house became a magnet for princesses clamoring to buy his lavish eveningwear. His successive couture collections were an enduring testament to his ability to innovate, as Saab showcased clothing that was always feminine and alluring on the runway.

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