Elie Saab is a self-taught fashion talent. His interest in dressmaking started at the young age of 9, already making clothes for his sisters. The talented adolescent sold his creations to the women in his neighborhood.
In 1982, at just the age of 18, he opened his couture atelier in Beirut managing over a dozen employees, being already a master in the arts of dressmaking and its know-how. In the following months, he presented his first collection to a public of women. Instantly won over by the talent of the autodidact artist. His reputation rapidly transcended Beirut’s borders, attracting women from high society who desired an Elie Saab dress.
Invited by the Chambre Syndicale De La Haute Couture to show in Paris in 2000, he presented four collections a year (Haute Couture and Ready to Wear) and six years later became a corresponding member. In 2007, he set a flagship boutique in the heart of Le Triangle D’Or.
Beirut remains his main source of inspiration, it is where he’s founded and maintained his studio. In 2005, he inaugurated a modern five-story building where the workshops are now located, as well as his studio, the Ready-To-Wear boutique and couture showroom. The Elie Saab Atelier is where all the Haute Couture gowns are made and passed through the hands of the designer. It is the sole heart of the savoir-faire and excellence of his achievement.