Elie Saab is native to Lebanon, born in 1964. His passion for fashion began at the age of 9, making dresses for his sisters and being self-taught. In 1981 he went to Paris to study fashion but the following year, at the age of 18, he returned to Beirut where he created his label and opened his first couture atelier contrary to his parents wish. He had a dozen of employees working for him and in the following months he presented his first collection. His reputation grew quickly and son his fame spread beyond Beirut’s borders and high-society woman desired Elie Saab dresses. His style is known for updating the oriental essence using noble materials as organza, taffeta or satin paired with light and fluid fabrics or lace.
He was the first non-italian to become part of the Camera Nazionale della Moda (1997) and the same year he showed his collection in Rome, the first time out of Beirut. In 1998 presented his ready-to-wear collection in Milan and made a fashion show in Monaco, which was attended by Princess Stépahni of Monaco. One of the most highlighted moments was when Queen Rania of Jordan chose Elie Saab to wear for her enthronement in 1999. Since then he define her as his “muse and friend” with a “great sense of style, kind and generous”.
But his international success arrived when Halle Berry, dressed by Elie Saab, won an Oscar in 2002; he became the first Lebanese designer to dress an Oscar winner. That night was a turning point. He began to be interviewed and appeared on many TV networks and celebrities started to wear his creations. Some of the famous people or celebrities he has dress are Beyoncé, Christina Aguilera, Angelina Jolie, Celine Dion, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Eva Green, Emma Watson Diane Kruger amongst others.
Elie Saab became a member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in March 2003 and in July launched his first haute couture collection in Paris. 2006 was the year when he introduced the first prêt-à-porter collection in Paris (Spring-Summer ‘06); since then, Paris is the city for the ready-to-wear runway. In 2007 opened a boutique in Le Triangle d’Or. As fragrances is concerned, in 2011 was launched his first one called “Le Parfum” wich became bestseller in 15 countries.
His designs are focused on highlight feminity using high-quality fabrics and delicate embroideries, based on sophistacation. He also has a bridal collection in collaboration with Pronovias. Nowadays counts with boutiques located all over the world, for example in Beirut, Mexico, New York, Paris, Hong Kong, Moscow, London, Geneva or Dubai.