Elie Saab

Elie Saab was born in 1964 to a wood-merchant in the suburbs of Beirut. Completely self-taught, the autodidactic prodigy's interest in dressmaking manifested at the age of 9, making dresses for his sisters and selling other dresses to the local women around the neighbourhood. At the age of 18, he opened his first store in Beirut. What started as wedding dresses for the local women, quickly spread to the upper echelons of Beirut.

In 2000, he was invited to the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in Paris. He debuted four lines a season, including both haute couture dresses and ready-to-wear. By 2007, he became a corresponding member on the chamber. Since then, Elie Saab has made countless dresses for celebrities and nobility alike; from Oscar winner Halle Barry to Queen Rania of Jordan, women everywhere have sought Elie Saab to tailor one of his iconic dresses for the grandest occasions.

Elie specializes in the feminine. At its base, every dress works to magnify the female silhouette. Handmade in his personal workshop in Beirut, Elia fuses together noble and fluid materials with intricate embroidery to create his trademark elegant, almost fairytale, dresses.