Born in 1964 in Lebanon, Eli Saab is a self-taught fashion designer. 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 neighbourhood.
In 1982, at just 18, he opened his couture atelier in Beirut managing over a dozen employees and within a couple of months he presented his first collection. His reputation soon reached beyond Beirut, attracting women from high society who desired an Elie Saab dress.
Invited by the Chambre Syndicate de la Haute Couture to show in Paris in 2000, he presented four collections a year - haute couture and ready-to-wear. Six years later he became a corresponding member and in 2007 he set up a flagship boutique in the heart of Le Triangle d'or.
Beirut remains his main source of inspiration, it is where he founded and maintains his studio. In 2005 he inaugurated a modern five-storey building where the workshops are now located, as well as his studio, the ready-to-wear boutique, and the couture showroom. The Elie Saab atelier is where all the haute couture gowns are made.
The designer magnifies femininity working with fine materials and delicate embroideries. He builds his fairytale creations using simple designs, and sumptuous materials while maintaining a form of sophistication. His speciality is the ultimate dress that highlights a woman's silhouette.