Elie Saab Portrait

BIOGRAPHY

  • Born in 1964 in Damour, store Lebanon, Elie Saab is a self-taught fashion talent. His interest in dressmaking started at the young age of nine, when he started designing dresses for his sisters. Soon, he was selling his designs to the women in his neighborhood, still just a teenager.

 

  • In 1982, he opened his first Couture atelier in Beirut, managing over a dozen employees, having already mastered the art of dressmaking and its know-how. The same year, he presented his first show at the Casino du Liban. The young women in the audience were immediately won over, and his reputation for designing extremely feminine and elegant dresses was established. Word spread internationally of this talented young designer, and his client base grew to include members of high society.

 

  • 1986: Elie Saab met his future wife Claudine. They were married four years later and have three children: Elie Jr., Selim and Michel.

 

  • 1996: Elie Saab continued to develop his fashion standing internationally, by beginning to dress celebrities for red carpet events.

 

  • 1997: Elie Saab was invited to take part in the prestigious Camera Nazionale della Moda. As the only non-Italian designer, it was a true privilege. He continued to show Couture collections in Rome for three consecutive years.

 

  • 1998: Elie Saab presented his first ready-to-wear collection, at Milan Fashion week. The collection was very well received and was bought by luxury multi-brand stores around the world, notably in Paris, London, Madrid, Moscow, Los Angeles and Hong Kong.

 

  • 1999: HRH Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan chose to be dressed in ELIE SAAB Haute Couture for her Coronation ceremony.

 

  • 2000: Elie Saab presented his first Haute Couture collection in Paris before being invited as a Membre Invité by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in2002. Every year thereafter he continued to present two Couture collections a year in Paris.

 

  • In March 2002, Elie Saab was again the Couturier of choice when Halle Berry wore one of his Haute Couture designs to receive the Oscar for Best Actress – the first African American actress to have done so – for her performance in Monster’s Ball. The same year, Elie Saab opened his first Couture salon in Paris’s prestigious eighth arrondissement, responding to a strong demand from his cosmopolitan and international clientele.

 

  • In September 2003, the President of the Lebanese Republic awarded Elie Saab the title of Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Cèdre, as a tribute to his work and creative contributions.

 

 

  • A few years later in Lebanon, in 2005, ELIE SAAB opened a modern five-storey building in downtown Beirut, showcasing the brand’s different collections. In October of the same year, Elie Saab presented his ready-to-wear collection in Paris for the first time, simultaneously launching his first accessories collection.

 

  • In November 2006, Elie Saab was integrated into the Chambre Syndicale’sofficial Haute Couture calendar, as Membre Correspondant.

 

  • In April 2007, the Couturier confirmed he would make Paris his second home, by opening an Haute Couture salon and a flagship store, the two covering a floor space of 1000 m², at 1 rond-point des Champs-Elysées and 43 avenue Franklin Roosevelt, respectively.

 

  • In July 2008, ELIE SAAB continued to expand his business internationally by opening his first boutique in the UK, in London. It is situated on the first floor of the prestigious department store Harrods. Another boutique opening followed in Dubai, in June 2010, located on the first floor of the luxury circle in the Dubai Mall.

 

  • 2009: ELIE SAAB signed a fragrance and cosmetics license with Beauté Prestige International, the core fragrance subsidiary of the Shiseido group. July 2011 saw the launch of the first ELIE SAAB fragrance, entitled Elie Saab Le Parfum. Photographed by Mert & Marcus, the ad campaign featured Anja Rubik in a gown specially designed by Elie Saab. The launch of the Eau de Toilette followed in 2012, and that of the Eau de Parfum Intense in 2013.

 

  • 2011: ELIE SAAB launched its first precollection, including ready-to-wear and accessories.

 

  • In February 2012, ELIE SAAB opened its first boutique in Asia, in Hong Kong’s esteemed Landmark Mall, located in the Central District. A few months later, ELIE SAAB continued its retail expansion into the Americas: a shop-in-shop at Saks Fifth Avenue, in Mexico City. In December of the same year, ELIE SAAB opened its first boutique in Switzerland. The store is located in Geneva, at the heart of the city’s most luxurious shopping district, on the Quai Général Guisan.

 

  • In October 2012, Countess Stephanie de Lannoy married the Crown Prince of Luxembourg, HRH Prince Guillaume of Luxembourg, wearing an ELIE SAAB Haute Couture bridal gown. The designer also created the dress worn for the official celebrations on the eve of the ceremony, and dressed many of the royals attending the wedding.

 

  • At the end of 2012, ELIE SAAB relocated its Parisian headquarters to a multi-storey hotel particulier on avenue Raymond Poincaré, in the 16th arrondissement. The building’s 18th Century decor is in keeping with typical Parisian architecture, featuring original mouldings, parquet flooring, sweeping marble staircases and antique mirrors and chandeliers. Sparingly juxtaposed with modern, minimalist furniture, the offices reflect the elegant and luxurious heritage of Elie Saab’s designs, and the contemporary clean lines of his silhouettes, which are recognized as the ELIE SAAB signature.

 

  • In 2012, Elie Saab partnered with the Lebanese American university of Beirut to launch a bachelor’s degree program in fashion design and related studies

 


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