It was one year ago when reading an Italian magazine, I came across a beautiful story. The first reason why I love so much to talk about fashion and designers , especially the emerging ones, is because there’s always a great tale to be told. That story was about a special project, named Creative Space Beirut and while last year I only had the chance to read about it, this year my wish become true and I found my self sitting in a direct flight from Paris with destination Beirut.
Creative Space Beirut is a free, non profit school for fashion design, founded by the brilliant entrepreneur Sarah Hermez, already graduate from Parson the New School for Design in New York and her former professor at Parson, Caroline Simonelli. CSB is a great initiative , a special project with a real heart. Sarah opened the school with the aim to offer a free education to talented people in Lebanon region and beyond, who cannot afford the financial means of a career in fashion design. There are a lot of people with great ideas, sense of beauty , passionate for their work and committed so that they must be rewarded. Creative space Beirut provides a 3 year program, in which students are plunged into experiential learning activities, to turn their passion into vivid skills. The studio, with a maximum size of 12 selected people, is nurtured each day by students coming from all Lebanon areas, Tripoli, Chouf, Saida, Bourj Hammoud and Palestinian refugee camps and the main financial sources come from sales of the garments through exhibitions, under the label CBS ready to wear and thanks to fundraising activities such as Dress to Kill and Second St, a conscious and socially engaged brand.
Each end of the year at CSB is marked by a special final exhibition , where students introduce their garments to a public showcase . Last Thursday, November 23rd, Foch Square has been the rendez-vous address for this occasion, right in the fashion heart beating of Beirut Downtown.
We met the beautiful works by Amir Al Kasm and his Translucent motive, Najah Raya, inspired by Atlantis tale, Ahmad Abdelatif and the Blak Waters theme, a Madame Butterfly air for Eman Bou Omar and the Two faced by Ibrahim Fakhreldeen. In the graduate section, we admired the inspiration coming from the Hindu game, Leela by Ahmed Amer and l’Elan Vital de Henri Bergson, translated by Hazem Kais.
All these beauties were available for sale after the show and the day after, during the opening of the new CBS studios in Beirut Souks, where you can also find the collection CBS ready to wear label.
Shukran all the guys and Sarah for this amazing event ?
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