"My signature look is a combination of glamorous silhouette and feminine details" – Elie Saab
A beautiful new book on the Beirut-born designer
Quite incredibly, fashion designer and haute couturier Elie Saab's interest in dressmaking started aged just nine, when he began making clothes for his sisters, and by the time he was an adolescent he was selling creations to the women in his neighbourhood.
In 1982 Saab opened his couture atelier in Beirut; and he soon presented his first collection to instant critical attention.
His reputation and designs rapidly transcended borders, with high-society women the world over desiring a beautifully crafted Elie Saab gown. And then in 2002, Halle Berry chose to wear one of his dresses when she accepted the Oscar for best actress, and the designer instantly became a household name. In 2007 he established a flagship haute couture salon and boutique in Paris, however he states that Beirut remains the, "soul of his inspiration", and the company has a modern five-story building there housing the workshops, studios, ready-to-wear boutique, and couture showroom.
Brimming with gorgeous imagery to match Saab's stunning designs, a new book by Assouline explores his fascinating story with original photography by the esteemed Laziz Hamani, all presented in a luxury slipcase.
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