Reem Alasadi

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Reem Alasadi
Nationality British
Occupation Fashion designer
Labels Reem

Reem Alasadi (Arabic: ريم ألأسدي‎‎) is an Iraqi-born British fashion designer. She is based in both London and Tokyo, and is very popular in Japan,[1] with her style being described as "British punk and recycled materials molded into voluminous and voluptuous Victorian-inspired dresses".[2]

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Iraq and of Arab origin,[2] Reem was raised in London, England,[3] and at the age of sixteen, she was working for Karen Millen in Kent.[1]

Alasadi was accepted to London College of Fashion and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and by the age of 21 she had set up her first label and a 1,000 sq ft (93 m2) studio.

At the start of her career, Reem had sold top of the range vintage clothing in Notting Hill. Her stall was at Portobello road market, where she would practice her flair for displaying classic pieces restyled thus widening the appeal of the garment to more than just collectors of vintage fashion. Reem is renowned for her wildly eclectic style which combined a growing underground reputation. She has worked with several British designers such as John Richmond, Robert Cary-Williams, and Stella McCartney, who have all courted her services, which has led to highly successful consultations.

In 2003, she opened her own vintage shop,[4] and has collaborated with Laforet, a department store in Harajuku as part of Tokyo Fashion week since 2005.

In 2007, she entered the London Fashion Week arena with a show entitled Beautiful Agony as part of ON||OFF.

She recently won an award for Best Show at Japan Fashion Week, where she recently launched her ready-to-wear line, which is a unique collection of deep inky blues, burnt siennas and lacey whites.[1]

Quotes[edit]

  • "My fascination for clothes started when I was a teenager. I was offered a place at St Martins School of art, in London, but instead I opted to teach myself to pattern cut and sew by unpicking damaged vintage pieces apart and sewing them back together again. In time, I would start to sell my own customised vintage pieces on my stall. Eventually designers started to take a keen interest in my work."

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Reem Alasadi:A Fine Vintage". ameliasmagazine.com. Archived from the original on June 5, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  2. ^ a b "JAPAN FASHION WEEK Focus on: Reem Alasadi". japantimes.co.jp. 
  3. ^ Bubble N' Squeak - Reem Alasadi-Fall 2009 RTW
  4. ^ [1]

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