Elie Saab

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Elie Saab
Born (1964-07-04) 4 July 1964 (age 55)
Damour, Lebanon
ResidenceGeneva, Switzerland
NationalityLebanese
Label(s)
Elie Saab
(1998—present)

Elie Saab (Arabic: إيلي صعب) (born 4 July 1964) is a Lebanese fashion designer. His main workshop is in Lebanon, with additional workshops in Milan and Paris.[citation needed] He started his business in the early 1980s and specialized in bridal couture (expensive fabrics, lace, gemstones, Swarovski crystals, pearls, detailed embroidery, etc.).[1]

He is the first Arab to be admitted to the fashion industry’s governing body, Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture.[2] Saab appeared as a judge on Project Runway: Middle East in 2016.[3] As of March 2017, his couture collections are available in Paris, London, and Beirut, while his ready-to-wear clothes were in 160 retailers and his own boutiques.[3] Kate Middleton wore a Saab gown to Royal Ascot in 2019, marking the first occasion where Saab has dressed a royal.

Early life[edit]

Elie Saab is the eldest son of a wood merchant who raised five children in Damour, a southern coastal Beirut suburb.[citation needed] Born to Maronite Catholic[4] parents in Beirut, Saab began sewing as a child. At the age of eight, his attention had turned to fashion. With his sisters serving as models, he would cut patterns out of newspaper and search his mother's closet for materials.[5]

Career[edit]

The logo of Elie Saab's fashion house.

Early years in fashion[edit]

In 1981, Saab moved to Paris to study fashion. He later dropped out to return to Beirut and open his fashion label. In 1982, when he was 18 years old, he worked with a team of 15 employees. At first his atelier specialized in bridal couture, making wedding dresses and gowns using expensive fabrics, lace, detailed embroidery, pearls, crystals and silk threads.[1] In Beirut his reputation grew from dressing women in his neighborhood, and was soon enhanced by high society women sporting his designs.[6]

In 1997, Saab was the first non-Italian designer to become a member of the National Chamber of Italian Fashion,[7][8] and in 1997 he showed his first collection outside Lebanon in Rome.[citation needed]

In 1998, he started his ready-to-wear line in Milan, as well as an accessories line. Later that year Elie Saab signed a contract with Beauté Prestige International for fragrance and cosmetics. During the same year, Saab held a fashion show in Monaco, with Princess Stéphanie of Monaco in attendance.[citation needed]

In 1999, one of his dresses thickly embroidered with emeralds and diamonds was reportedly sold for $2.4 million.[9]

Exposure internationally[edit]

Magdalena Frackowiak in Elie Saab at Paris Fashion Week F/W 2011

Saab became more well known in the United States after he became the first Lebanese designer to dress an Oscar winner, Halle Berry, in 2002.[10] In May 2003, the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture invited him to become a member,[7] and he showed his first haute couture collection in Paris in July 2003.[citation needed]

In 2003, he teamed up with Pronovias to create a bridal line, Elie by Elie Saab.[11] (Pronovias is a business headquartered in Barcelona that creates wedding and cocktail wear and dresses for sale.)[12]

The Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture inducted him as a membre correspondant in 2006.[3] His first ready-to-wear collection in Paris was the Spring-Summer 2006 collection.[citation needed]

Saab, Tina Knowles, House of Deréon, Giorgio Armani, Versace, and Herve Leger served as the designers for the outfits of the 2007 The Beyoncé Experience tour.[13] In 2010, Saab dressed 102 celebrities for events overall, up from 40 in 2009. The figure for 2011, up until March, was 88.[14] In 2011, Madame Tussauds unveiled a wax statue of Kate Winslet draped in the Elie Saab dress she wore at 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards.[15] In 2011, Elie Saab launched his first fragrance Le Parfum.[citation needed]

Kate Middleton wore an Elie Saab gown while attending the 2019 Royal Ascot with her husband, Prince William. This was the first time one of Saab's gowns was worn by a royal.[16]

Recent dresses and collaborations[edit]

In 2012, he worked with the Lebanese American University and London College of Fashion to launch a bachelor’s degree in fashion design.[3] As of 2013, the brand had boutiques located in Beirut, Dubai, Doha, Paris, London, Geneva, Hong Kong, Moscow, New York City, and Mexico, with 100 retail outlets total.[1] Saab's son, Elie Saab Jr, became brand director in 2013.[3]

Saab appeared as a judge on Project Runway: Middle East in 2016.[3] Between 2015 and 2017, the Elie Saab company opened a second Paris boutique and a new location in London's Mayfair, and in Manhattan.[3] The Manhattan store that opened in October 2016 was his first in the country.[17] As of March 2017, his couture collections are available in Paris, London, and Beirut, while his ready-to-wear clothes were in 160 retailers and his own boutiques.[3] Also that month, the Elie Saab company opened a new Madison Avenue store.[18]

Elie Saab X Emaar[edit]

The Lebanese fashion designer and the real estate development company Emaar reveal luxurious Elie Saab at Emaar Beachfront property in Dubai.The luxurious gated island property, Grand Bleu Tower at Emaar Beachfront, will include one ,two and three-bedroom apartments as well as four-bedroom penthouses with interiors by Elie Saab. The residential tower boasts views of the Arabian Sea, The Palm and Dubai Marina.[19]

Notable clients and projects[edit]

Stéphanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg, wearing an Elie Saab bridal gown in 2012.

He has been worn by Queen Rania of Jordan,[20] Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden,[21] Princess Madeleine of Sweden,[22] Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece[23] and Stéphanie, Hereditary Grand Duchess of Luxembourg.[20] In 1999, Queen Rania of Jordan wore Elie Saab for her enthronement.[9] Countess Stéphanie and the Hereditary Grand Duke married in a civil ceremony married in 2012,[24] where the bride wore a dress designed by Elie Saab.[25] Princess Claire of Luxembourg also wore an Saab-designed dress on her wedding.[26] First Lady of France Brigitte Macron wore an Elie Saab outfit of military coat and skinny trousers during a state visit to China.[27]

Many attendees at the 64th Golden Globe Awards in 2007 chose beaded or metallic dresses, such as Beyoncé's sequinned gold Elie Saab gown.[28]

Halle Berry wore a burgundy gown by Saab to the 2002 Academy Awards when she won for Best Actress.[29] In a poll by Debenhams published in The Daily Telegraph the dress was voted the 8th greatest red carpet gown of all time.[30] Cosmopolitan magazine cited the dress as one of the Best Oscar dresses of all time.[31] Berry later wore another dress by Saab to the 2003 Oscars.[32]

Sandra Bullock wore Elie Saab at the 85th Academy Awards in 2013[33] and at the world premiere of the movie Ocean's 8 in New York.[34]

In 2018, Rose Leslie wore a floral embroidered Elie Saab wedding dress when she wed her Game of Thrones co-star Kit Harington.[35]

Other notable clients of Saab's work have included Nicole Kidman,[36][37] Eva Green, Yulia Alipova, Nicki Minaj,[citation needed] Beyoncé,[20] Aishwarya Rai,[38] Anna Kendrick,[39] Christina Aguilera,[40] Catherine Zeta-Jones,[20] Angelina Jolie,[41] Celine Dion,[42] Elena Anaya,[38] Elsa Zylberstein,[38] Heidi Klum,[43] Karlie Kloss,[44] Helen Mirren,[45] Emilia Clarke,[46] Priyanka Chopra,[47] Sonam Kapoor,[48] Kendall Jenner[49] and Taylor Swift.[50]

Style[edit]

Elie Saab's style is a unique fusion of western and eastern culture.[51] He uses noble materials such as taffeta, organza, and satin paired with more fluid and light fabrics.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Saab and his wife Claudine live with their family in Lebanon, and together have three sons.[17] The family also have property in Geneva and France.[citation needed]

Controversies[edit]

In January 2018, Saab received backlash on social media after his label's Instagram account posted a picture of Israeli actor and former Israel Defense Forces combat trainer Gal Gadot wearing one of his dresses to the National Board of Review awards with the caption "A flawless Gal Gadot in Elie Saab Ready-to-Wear Spring Summer 2018 at the national board of review annual gala in New York". The post was later deleted.[52]

Filmography[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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