There is a new exquisite book in the market for all those who love Fashion: Zuhair Murad, published by Assouline.
“Each piece feels like a personal extension of myself and a display of the dedication, talent and skill that fills my atelier”. – Zuhair Murad
A glittering world of delicate details and romantic drama, the couture collections of Zuhair Murad are instantly transporting; each expression of the designer’s work reveals an enchanting tale of striking elegance and modern refinement. A Zuhair Murad couture piece requires hundreds of hours of handcrafted beading, embroidery, and finishing by his Paris and Beirut ateliers, and his eye for show stopping detail has defined some of the most iconic red-carpet moments of the last decade. With a loyal following of fashion’s most influential stylists, editors, and celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Sofía Vergara, Celine Dion, Kylie Minogue, and Rita Ora, Zuhair Murad creates couture confections of unparalleled glamour.
From top left clockwise: detail at St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City © Ellen Auer, Dress from the Fall/Winter 2018–19 Un Soir à Saint-Pétersbourg © M Seif. Model Sophie Rask wearing a jumpsuit from the Fall/Winter 2019–20 Mirages et Oasis couture collection, at the Roman ruins in Baalbek, Lebanon. © M Seif
From the beginning, women have been at the centre of Zuhair Murad’s life; examples of beauty and grace, of elegance and power, to be revered and celebrated. His work, his passion, is making not only his dreams, but their dreams into reality; his couture dresses are canvases for conveying moods and emotion. Murad’s inspiration is always a woman with an hourglass silhouette, a celebration of the female form divine, reinventing her each season. Drawing inspiration from past and present, his imagination conjures the ideal of a strong, powerful and distinctly contemporary woman interlaced with the sublimation of the eternal feminine. His roots in Lebanon, a melting pot of cultures, histories, beliefs and aesthetics, poised at the crossroads of Asia, Europe and Africa, form a unique vantage point from which to observe multiple views, like a kaleidoscope. A postmodern voyager, Zuhair Murad boldly and innovatively combines colours and decorations, shapes and fabrics, artfully draping women in fine beading and embroidery evocative of other times and places.
Zuhair Murad book is written by famous fashion journalist Alexander Fury, foreword by Babeth Djian, founder and editorial director of Numéro magazine.
Top to bottom: Models Sophie Rask and Line Brems wearing long dresses from the Fall/Winter 2019–20 Mirages et Oasis couture collection, at the Barouk Natural Reserve. © M Seif . Model Line Brems wearing a long dress from the Fall/Winter 2013–14 Forét Enchantée couture collection, in Baalbek, Lebanon. © M Seif
From top clockwise: Ball gown from the Spring/Summer 2017 Fire Waltz couture collection. © M Seif . Beaded ankle-length dress from the Spring/Summer 2019 Aquatic Serenade couture collection. © M Seif. Long dress from the Spring/Summer 2017 Fire Waltz couture collection. © M Seif
From top to bottom: Actress Deepika Padukone at her wedding reception, wearing a red custom couture gown inspired by the Fall/Winter 2018–19 Un Soir à Saint‑Pétersbourg couture collection. © Errikos Andreou. Models backstage at the Spring/Summer 2017 Fire Waltz couture fashion show. © Rémi Procureur
From top to bottom: Model Isabel Goulart wearing a jumpsuit in the Fall/Winter 2015–16 Star Catcher couture fashion show. © Getty / Richard Bord / WireImage. Singer-actress Kylie Minogue wearing a dress from the Spring/Summer 2014 Jardin d’Éden couture collection. © Will Davidson/Trunk Archive