Archive for August 19th, 2011

The Creative Space Beirut Launches its Debut Collection

On the 17th of August 2011, from 9 pm to 12 am, The Creative Space Beirut team launches their debut collection: One واحدة

This exhibition will be held for three consecutive days, through the 18th and 19th of August, from 12 noon – 7pm at Saifi Urban Gardens.

The Creative Space is a project committed to providing a free educational space to inspire and empower youth from various backgrounds, through fashion design.

Founded by Sarah Hermez, a graduate from Parsons the New School for Design, and Caroline Simonelli, a professor at Parsons and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, the mission is to approach education alternatively, directing the students with founding principles of fashion design while encouraging their creative freedom.

Using italian fabrics generously donated by a reknowned fashion house in New York City, five student designers aged 16-22 who lack fair opportunities-

Baraa Abdallah, Carmen Havatian, Eman Al Aswad, Nourhan Abdullatif, and Sophie Youssef have been working together to create a collection titled One واحدة , which will be displayed and auctioned at the exhibition. All profits will be distributed amongst the team and the project.

Come meet the team and learn about the journey behind every step of the project: where the designers came from, how they have come to be a team and the details which tell a story behind every garment.

The garments, mostly dresses, will be up for sale through a silent auction.

Photos and videos will be on display as well as an intimate look through the workshop in which the team has been working throughout the process.

Following the exhibition and silent auction, all winning bids will be contacted and scheduled for private fitting sessions, in which the designers will fit the garment to the customer’s comfort and dimensions.

All proceeds will go directly to the project, split equally between the designers, while another percentage goes to the project space and materials, in hopes for an upcoming season of lessons, journeys, collections and designers.