Buro 24/7 Middle East Exclusive Interview: Cameron Silver
The man who brought back decades of couture
Named one of Time magazine's 25 Most Influential Names and Faces in Fashion, Los Angeles native Cameron Silver will be participating in a variety of events at Saudi Design Week.
As well as taking part in a panel discussion, he will be curating a Decades pop-up boutique of vintage handbags and accessories from Chanel at Harvey Nichols Riyadh, where the fashion documentary, Versailles 73 - which Silver narrated - will also be screened.
Cameron Silver opened the vintage couture boutique, Decades, in Los Angeles, 1977. Over his career he has dressed the likes of Julia Roberts, Gwyneth Paltrow, Dita von Teese, and Rihanna, as well as working with top fashion and jewellery houses around the world. In October 2012, Silver put his extensive fashion history to good use and wrote his first coffee table book with publisher Bloomsbury, 'Decades: A Century of Fashion'.
Buro 24/7 Middle East speaks to Silver to gain a deeper insight into his views on the intricate world of fashion ahead of his arrival in the Middle East this week...
What are you most looking forward to during Saudi Design Week?
I have never been to any Gulf countries so there will be so much to take in during the week, but my favourite thing is to meet young and talented designers and artists.
What is your biggest inspiration when it comes to your work?
I love seeing something I have never seen before: it's the excitement of the new and the mystery of creativity.
How would you say the fashion scene in the Middle East compares to the rest of the world?
Well there is certainly a distinctive and elegant code of dress attributed to the region. I truly think men in a thobe and bisht look so elegant and I can't wait to wear one. We live in a very global world where there is access to everything so I love to see how Middle Eastern fashion lovers take a trend and personalise it based on their lifestyle. When I see my Arab friends in Paris during Couture Week, they look amazing. My friend Abdullah from Bahrain is one of the best dressed men I know. I have seen some art from the region and I am very impressed. I love creative people from every corner of the world.
What is one of your biggest accomplishments?
I really think writing my book and having the first editions sell out in 48 hours around the world. My mother was very proud!
What do you hope to achieve in 2014?
I am working on a new TV project, a new book, and carefully navigating the start of my eponymous clothing line. I am not in a rush to do anything. I just want to do it right. Inshallah.
Saudi Design week runs from February 9-15 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. For more information visit Saudi Design Week.