The Epitome of Lebanon Part1/2
Zuhair Murad is a Lebanese fashion designer born in 1971. His home is in cosmopolitan sea side capital, Beirut. Zuhair Murad wanted to be a designer from an early age; even as a child he was fascinated by color, fabric and pattern. "Ever since I was a child, I used to imagine designs for imaginary clients" says he.
Shortly after high school, Murad left Lebanon and moved to Paris where he was trained at the School of Fashion Design in the early 1990s. In 1995, he confidently returned home to open his first atelier and soon earned himself great interest among the national press and Lebanon’s high society. ‘’Beirut is a cosmopolitan city and fashion and beauty are very important. Once people started seeing my work it was very easy for me to receive clients from all over the Middle East.” says Murad. The apartment- style boutique locates in a busy commercial sector in Beirut. The desigher found inspiration in "ancient columns", stones, Ottoman-era chandelier and everything in his hometown.
The city’s fusion of ancient monuments and cosmopolitan nightlife is an ongoing source of inspiration. A bustling, vibrant trading center facing out to the Sea, Beirut has, over the centuries, lived under the rule of diverse cultures including the Greek, Roman and Ottoman empires. Art, culture and history shines through Murad’ s designs.
In 1999 and 2001, Murad’ s two stunning collections launched in Rome and Paris signaled his international debut in fashion world. His abundant creations, in extraordinary fabrics and sensational colors, are reminiscent of Grecian goddesses, Egyptian princesses and pure, glorious splendor, complete with an edgy twist that modernizes his collections just enough. Since debuting his collections and obtain widely acclaimed ‘Free Spirit’ in Paris, he has consistently ameliorated techniques. The shape and form of his silhouettes can now be compared to those of other well renowned couturiers.
Like Beirut, Murad’s collections contain a "touch of the ancient with the modern at the same time", he is the epitome of Middle Eastern fashion and glamour. A international media has declared him as ‘rising couturier star’ by reputed leaders in the business and ‘one of the most promising young designers for the new age’ due to his unique style and creativity which ensure his ongoing successful career. ‘I started from scratch and worked my way up’, says the extravagant Murad, whose early achievements have rapidly translated into global success. Today over 100 dedicated and dynamic employees continuously contribute to the Zuhair Murad Fashion House. The team ensures everything from conceptual design embroidery and accessories to the administrative and public relations functions.
(To be continued)