Elie Saab is a Lebanese designer, born on the 4th of July 1964. When he was only six he started designing clothes, while other children played on the street.
In 1981 Saab decided to go to Paris to study fashion, but he was so eager to start working that he returned home to Beirut the following year and set up his very own workshop. He made evening dresses and bridal gowns and his designs were an interesting mixture of the Oriental and Western style. Working hard, doing what he did best, he soon established himself and started attracting the attention of some very influential and famous people (like princesses). His signature dresses made of rich fabrics, lace, embroidery, silk, crystals and pearls soon made him a one of a kind designer. By 1986, Saab had already turned himself into a celebrity and orders were pouring in one after another. In 1990 he bought a bigger studio and started working on orders from France and Switzerland.
In 1997 Saab became the first non-Italian member of Italian “Camera NazionaledellaModa”, thus gaining even more popularity. It was the year in which he showed a collection in a place different from Lebanon.
In 1998 Saab decided to further expand the business abroad by starting a ready-to-wear line in Milan.
The popularity of the designer was boosted incredibly in 2002, when Halle Berry wore one of his red gowns at the Oscars and even received one. She was the first black woman to receive an Oscar and he, the first Lebanese designer to dress one. Other famous women to wear his designs are: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Marion Cotillard, Angelina Jolie, Beyonce, Queen Rania of Jordan and many more actresses, royalties and singers.
Nowadays Saab runs his empire from Beirut, with offices in New York and Paris. His ready-to-wear lines are made in Italy. He has 60 retail stores overall, 16 of which in the United States.