Arefeh Mansouri

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Arefeh Mansouri
Designer Arefeh Mansouri at the Emmy Awards.jpg
Mansouri at the Emmy Awards in 2012
Born (1980-11-08) November 8, 1980 (age 38)
EducationConcordia University
LaSalle College
Harvard University
OccupationFashion designer, Costume designer
AwardsBronze Award for Avant-Garde design at the International Design Awards (2013) Silver Award for Couture and Avant-Garde Wedding Apparel at the International Design Awards (2017)

Arefeh Mansouri (born November 8, 1980) is a Canadian fashion and costume designer.[1] Her work has appeared in magazines such as Vogue, Elle, WWD, Marie Claire, InStyle among others.

Arefeh Mansouri at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards (NOKIA Theatre, September 20, 2009)

Early life and education[edit]

Mansouri was born November 8, 1980, in Tehran, Iran, and immigrated to Canada at 16.[2] During her early years, Mansouri displayed great interest and aptitude in painting.[3] She started her undergraduate education with a major in biology at Concordia University with the intent to pursue a career in medicine. She began her studies of fashion at Montreal's LaSalle College.[4] In 2016 Mansouri received an "Executive Education" from Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government.[5]


Mansouri launched a women's prêt-à-porter line until she was offered a position in Milan, Italy as head designer for an Italian clothing firm.[6] In 2007 she relaunched her line in the United States with a specific focus on Couture Wedding and Evening wear.[7][8][9] In addition, she began pursuing her passion for costume design and had pieces featured in Hollywood productions.[10] Mansouri is a member of The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the Costume Designers Guild as a costume designer. In 2009 Mansouri was asked to collaborate with Entertainment Weekly and Women in Film to design tote bags for the Emmy Awards pre-party.[11]

In 2011 Mansouri created a dress based on Karel Appel's Sculpture the Tulip.[12] In 2012 Mansouri collaborated with Juan Pont Lezica to recreate a photograph of Sir Fredric Leighton's painting the Flaming June. The picture was exhibited at The Parthenon, Nashville's Art Museum.[13]

In 2013, Mansouri established her signature store, "AREFEH", at 150 Worth Avenue in Palm Beach, Florida.[14][15] In 2016 she relocated her store to Miami's Coral Gables, Florida.[16]

In 2014, Mansouri was invited by Women's Wear Daily and Magic to attend a three-day trade show at WWDMAGIC, in Las Vegas, to show her latest collection.[17]

In 2015 Mansouri was included in the bestseller Jewels of Allah The Untold Story of Women in Iran,[18] written by Nina Ansary. In 2016, Mansouri was nominated for National Design Awards by Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.[19]

In 2017 Mansouri was awarded Second Prize in Apparel Category Competition for the Couture and Avant Garde Wedding Apparel Project at the International Design Awards.[20]

The AREFEH Shop at 150 Worth Avenue, Palm Beach, USA in 2013

Flat Plat[edit]

Mansouri is one of the youngest inventors to be granted a U.S. patent in the area of women's shoes.[21] "Flat Plat" is a flat shoe that uses a proprietary outsole that is engineered for maximum comfort and support.[22] On 5 May, 2015, Mansouri was awarded a US patent for her invention.[23]



  1. ^ "Arefeh Mansouri's celebrity Tote Bags become big hits". Fashion Industry Network. December 9, 2009.
  2. ^ "The Designers Turning Heads Right Now". Suit Case Magazine. Oct 2016.
  3. ^ "Arefeh Mansouri is a true artist". The Style Wise. March 5, 2011.
  4. ^ "Q and A with Arefeh Mansouri". Zee Report. August 28, 2012.
  5. ^ "Alumni". Harvard Kennedy School Magazine. Summer 2017.
  6. ^ "Prominent Iranians". Anvari. 2007.
  7. ^ "Arefeh Mansouri Represents Greatness During New York Fashion Week". Broadway World. September 19, 2012.
  8. ^ "International Fashion Designer Introduces Exquisite Bridal Line to the United States". News Blaze. August 21, 2007.
  9. ^ "International Fashion Designer Arefeh Mansouri (Runway)". The Fashion Feed. Archived from the original on 2012-04-23.
  10. ^ ""What's Your Number?" Loves Arefeh Mansouri's Wedding Dresses". WD Daily News. October 5, 2011. Archived from the original on October 9, 2011. Retrieved January 3, 2012.
  11. ^ "Arefeh Mansouri's celebrity Tote Bags become big hits". Fashion Industry Network. December 9, 2009.
  12. ^ "Art Meets Fashion, Arefeh Mansouri created a dress based on Karel Appel's Sculpture the Tulip". Cravings Magazine. 2011.
  13. ^ "Artwork Among Us". Nashville Arts Magazine. 2012.
  14. ^ "AREFEH BRIDAL". Palm Beach Woman. October 2, 2013.
  15. ^ "WORTH NOTING: AREFEH". Palm Beach Illustrated. August 2013. Archived from the original on 2013-09-28. Retrieved 2013-09-25.
  16. ^ "Arefeh Mansouri's new Miami Bridal Salon AREFEH". wedding salon. August 9, 2016.
  17. ^ "Arefeh Mansouri was chosen to show her collection at WWDMAGIC". WWDMAGIC Blog. August 11, 2014. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved December 7, 2015.
  18. ^ "Jewels of Allah". Huffington Post. October 28, 2015.
  19. ^ "Arefeh Mansouri's new Miami Bridal Salon AREFEH". wedding salon. August 9, 2016.
  20. ^ "Arefeh Mansouri Wins Silver". International Design Awards. 2017.
  21. ^ "Inventor Arefeh Mansouri". The Costume designer Magazine. 2017.
  22. ^ "Comfortable, Elegant, and Versatile: FLAT PLAT is a Patented Revolution in Women's Footwear, Invented by Award Winning Fashion and Costume Designer Arefeh Mansouri". International Business Times. March 28, 2017.
  23. ^ "Florida's Local Luminaries". Way Better Patents. 2015.

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