Background And Childhood

Elie Saab was born in July 4, 1964 in Damour, a suburb of Beirut, Lebanon. He was only six years old, when he first showed signs of his future flair. His father was a wood merchant. In 1976, his home city of Damour was destroyed. As a result, his family moved closer to Beirut. Saab taught himself to sew using his mother old clothes in his designs and showcasing on his sisters.

His Career In Lebanon

In 1982, at the age of eighteen, Saab launched a fashion label in Beirut with fifteen workers. At that time, he focused on designing couture for brides. He used high quality lace, fabrics, crystals, pearls, silk threads and intricate embroidery. Soon his reputation spread. Elie went from simply dressing the women in his neighborhood to dressing high society women.

His Career out Lebanon

In 1997, he turned into the first non-Italian designer who was included in Italian Camera Nazionale della Moda as a member. Also Elie Saab displayed his first clothing collection outside his nation in Rome at the same year.

In 1998, he had a fashion show in Monaco. Princess Stephanie of Monaco attended the show. Moreover, in 1999 Queen Rania of Jordan wore one of his designs while she ascended the Jordanian throne.
In 2002, he became a quick talk of the world. Especially when Halle Berry wore his design when she won an ‘Oscar award for Best Actress’. This made Elie Saab a huge success because he was the first Lebanese designer to dress an actress for the ‘Oscars’.

In 2003, he became a member correspondent of ‘Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture’. Furthermore in the same year he had his first haute couture line in Paris.

In 2010, he had dressed around 102 celebrities from around the world for major international events including : Princess Beatrice of York, Princess Margaretha of Liechtenstein, Beyonce, Angelina Jolie, Grand Duchess Maria Teresa of Luxembourg, Emma Watson, Princess Madeleine of Sweden, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Princess Claire of Luxembourg and Katy Perry.