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Saab’s “Arab epoch”

 
ELIE SAAB Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2017 Collection. Elie Saab honors the artists, authors, musicians, filmmakers and particularly the iconic actresses who defined a golden era in Egypt in the middle of the last century, and have gone on to inspire generations ever since. Entitled “Birth of the Light”, the ELIE SAAB Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2017 Collection is dedicated to women who appreciate artistic excellence, cultural wealth and sophistication: strong yet delicate, elegant and free. The Bridal Gown. The dress took 570 hours to complete along 30 meters for the illusion, 50 meters for the veil, 45 meters for the petticoat, and 40 meters for the crinoline.
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Elie Saab’s “Arab epoch”
Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2017 Collection

There's a reason Elie Saab is a regular on the red carpet: the famed Lebanese couturier is a true master of detail, elegance, and that particular "wow" factor.  Since 2002 when Halle Berry wore a sheer-bodice, embroidered burgundy dress to take home the Oscar for Best Actress, Saab’s scorecard of celebrity sightings includes dressing award-winning cinema sirens such as  Angelina Jolie, Milla Jovovich,  Emma Stone, Meryl Streep, Jessica Biel, Lily Collins, Janelle Monáe and Kerry Washington.
Elie Saab’s “Arab epoch” for Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2017 Collection. “The period of the 40s to 60s in Egypt” - according the Maison notes - “was when Arabic music saw its rise to stardom, through the influence of Egyptian, Lebanese and Syrian artists like Oum Kalthoum, Leila Mourad, Mohamad Abdel Wahab, Farid Al Atrash, Nour el Hoda and Sabah; whose voices, songs, melodies and lyrics inhabited the souls of Arabic-speaking audiences across the world. This epoch was also a time when Egyptian and Arab cinema, with its iconic actors and actresses, was at its peak. A beautiful period that saw the effervescence of producers and directors, passionate about the silver screen and this “art-nouveau”, like producer Assia Dagher and directors Henry Barakat, Youssef Chahine and Hassan Al Imam.   For Haute Couture Spring-Summer 2017, Elie Saab honors the artists, authors, musicians, filmmakers and particularly the iconic actresses who defined a golden era in Egypt in the middle of the last century, and have gone on to inspire generations ever since. The silhouettes and motifs gave nod to Egyptian and Arab pop culture and cinema, in particular by one scene from the classic 1957 film La Anam (“I Don’t Sleep”), when actress Faten Hamama - aka “The Lady of the Arabic screen” starring opposite Omar Sharif - wears a stunning gown with crystal embellishments on the shoulder.

Entitled “Birth of the Light”, this collection is dedicated to women who appreciate artistic excellence, cultural wealth and sophistication: strong yet delicate, elegant and free. 
 Exquisite patterns embellished with intricate crystals along embroidery inspired by Arabic calligraphy cover smooth and transparent fabrics such as tulle, lace and mousseline. Accessories merge the modernity of form with the classic appeal of stones. They are a reinterpretation of styles from an epoch where ‘starlets’ wore striking gowns, painted their lips, and embraced their femininity.
 
BRIDAL GOWN. “Birth of the Light” show closed with a spectacular bridal gown. The dress took 570 hours to complete along 30 meters for the illusion, 50 meters for the veil, 45 meters for the petticoat, and 40 meters for the crinoline. It took a team of two pattern makers and two assistants, 10 embroiderers, five tailors and three petites mains to complete this dress. A total of 10,000 crystal pieces in three different sizes were used along four different shades of crystals were used for the embroidery—two hues of gold and two greys.



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