Lebanese Designers add finishing to the Oscars 2010

08Mar10

Couture designer Rania Salibi took the nod from America’s fashionistas to win the Oscar Designer Challenge, a competition to design an original gown to be worn on-stage by a presenter escort at the live telecast of the Academy Awards, sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Salibi is a Lebanese-American who graduated from Lebanon’s Sagesse High School in 2002 and relocated to Los Angeles in 2005 to pursue her dreams of fashion design.

Living in Lebanon influenced my design perspective towards the Mediterranean and European flavor. I enjoy European art and history and the richness of Mediterranean culture,” said Miss Salibi.

The Oscars in 2010, also saw Lebanese designers lift several stars walking the red carpet.

– Nicole Richie was wearing a dress by Reem Acra
– Rachel McAdams was wearing a dress by Elie Saab
– Anna Kendrick was wearing a dress by Elie Saab
– Helen Mirren was wearing a dress by  Georges Chakra

Lebanon might not be these days at the forefront of glitz, glamour and glory. But its fashion designers can definitely compete with their Western peers on the world’s most celebrated catwalks.

During the Academy Awards ceremony last month in Hollywood, Lebanese designer Georges Chakra shined on the red carpet through one of his creations: a strapless red satin gown with Swarovski crystal sleeves. The stunning tailor-made dress was worn by Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren, a presenter at the ceremony.

Chakra has created designs for pop stars Beyonce and Carrie Underwood. His dresses also appeared in the hit movie “The Devil Wears Prada.”

In 2002, another Lebanese designer, Elie Saab, caused a sensation at the Oscars when Halle Berry received the award for best actress wearing a burgundy floral embroidered gown he designed.

A flurry of Lebanese fashion designers has made a successful entry into the world of haute couture in the last few decades. Many of them made a name in the fashion business by dressing wealthy women in the Persian Gulf.

Couture designer Rania Salibi took the nod from America’s fashionistas to win the Oscar Designer Challenge, a competition to design an original gown to be worn on-stage by a presenter escort at the live telecast of the Academy Awards, sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Miss Salibi’s exquisite strapless, form-fitting gown in silk taffeta and laser-cut leather received the honors after online public voting at http://www.oscar.com

Rania Salibi, a 25-year-old fashion designer who works between Los Angeles and her residence in Chandler, AZ, was among nine competitors who sought the prestigious honor of having their dresses appear before an international audience during the live telecast of the 82nd Academy Awards. Rania was announced the winner of the Oscar Designer Challenge from the Red Carpet during the live Oscar Pre-Show. Jenna, a professional model and official Academy escort, wore the Rania Salibi creation on stage and accompanied the young designer on the Red Carpet during the live announcement of her win broadcast on ABC-TV.

“It’s an honor to be part of the Oscar Designer Challenge,” said Miss Salibi. “The Oscars represent the pinnacle of fashion, and it’s an incredible opportunity for any aspiring, young designer. I am honored to be selected from among a group of truly talented designers.”

Salibi is a Lebanese-American who graduated from Lebanon’s Sagesse High School in 2002 and relocated to Los Angeles in 2005 to pursue her dreams of fashion design. “Living in Lebanon influenced my design perspective towards the Mediterranean and European flavor. I enjoy European art and history and the richness of Mediterranean culture,” said Miss Salibi.

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