If I’m ever fortunate enough to walk a red carpet (instead of reporting from behind the barricade) there’s one designer I dream of wearing: Zuhair Murad.
The Beirut-based fashion king is now mentioned in the same breath as names like Giorgio Armani, Christian Dior, Oscar de la Renta and Valentino Garavani when it comes to dressing stars for major award ceremonies.
“I’m not afraid to take risks with fashion,” Murad tells The Hollywood Reporter. “My pieces are made to stand out, and what I love is the celebrity then embodies the statement the dress is making.”
Jennifer Lopez stole the show at the Golden Globes last night in a silver “art deco inspired beaded sheer caftan.” The 45-year-old beauty is one of Murad’s biggest celebrity supporters, calling him one of her “favorite designers.” Murad has also produced classic moments for Beyoncé, Shakira, Miley Cyrus, Kristen Stewart and more plus scores of Middle Eastern royalty.
Growing up in Baalbek, Murad started sketching dresses from the age of 10. He once remarked, “I don’t recall a day in my life without a pen in my hand.” He opened his first atelier in Beirut in 1997 (after studying fashion abroad in France) and presented his first couture collection in 2001 during Haute Couture Week in Paris.
Lebanese fashion designers have a storied history when it comes to dressing the A-list set (Elie Saab, Georges Chakra, Abed Mahfouz) and being of Lebanese descent myself, I admire and am truly inspired by Murad’s success story. His career advice to Fashiontographer.com is priceless.
“First, you should be passionate for this job to give it your best,” Murad says. “You should find your own style, own inspiration, and stay true to your vision. You will inevitably get frustrated and upset and will probably question yourself along the way. It is a tough road where you will face fierce competition and comparable talent. One needs to be patient and work carefully. Only perseverance will compensate those who want to succeed in the fashion industry.”
Take a glimpse at the designer’s best work at ZuhairMurad.com.