Elie Saab was bornon 4 July 1964 in Beirut, Lebanese, is Fashion Designer. Elie Saab grew up in Lebanon and from a young age displayed a talent and love for fashion and design. Hailing from a modest background and enduring the hardships of war, this child prodigy showed unusual prowess in costume designing. As a child he would create designs on newspaper using his sisters for models. Rummaging through his mother’s clothing he would scour for materials he could use for his designs, which he would then try on his sisters. Unwilling to wait any further, he dropped from college in Paris and returned to his home town, to start his own business. He opened his first atelier in Lebanon at the young age of 18. His popularity grew and he went from dressing the neighborhood women to dressing high society women. After Halle Berry wore one of his designs to the Oscars, his popularity exploded. Now his designs can be found all over the red carpet as well as on royalty. He is able to combine his love of his homeland with his love of the west into beautiful fashions that encompass the best of both worlds. This ability is what makes him so popular and successful. To know more about his life and works read on.
In 2016, he appeared as a judge on 'Project Runway: Middle East', which is the Arabian version of the successful American reality TV show 'Project Runway'
Between 2015 and 2017, he opened boutiques in Paris, London and Manhattan
In 2012, he teamed up with London College of Fashion to launch a Bachelor’s degree in fashion design at the Lebanese American University; the university has campuses in Beirut and Byblos
In 2011, Elie Saab launched his first fragrance called ‘Le Perfum’
The Spring/Summer 2006 collection which he showcased in Paris marked his debut ready-to-wear fashion show
In 2003, he became a member correspondent of ‘Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture’ which is the industry which governs French fashion
The dress Ellie Saab designed for Halle Berry, for her 2002 Oscar appearance, put him in the fashion spotlight for Hollywood
Queen Rania of Jordan wore one of his designs when she ascended the Jordanian throne in 1999
He showed his first collection outside of Lebanon in Rome in 1997
He launched his first atelier in 1982 when he was only 18 years old
He moved to Paris in 1981 so that he could study design but ended up returning to Beirut
In 1976, his home city of Damour was destroyed by the PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization)
Elie Saab was born July 4, 1964 in Damour, a suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, into a family of Maronite Catholics