The talented Lebanese fashion designer Rami Kadi started his journey through fashion when he joined Esmod Beirut in 2005.
He gained his experience working with fashion designers Rabih Kayrouz and George Chakra.
Known for his luxurious designs and beautiful details, Rami Kadi is now one of the top high-end couture designers in the world.
Rami dressed many Arab celebrities including artists Meryam Fares, Nicole Saba, Haifa Wehbe and Razan Moghrabi.
We had a chance to ask Rami a few questions and here is what he had to say:
- Tell us more about your start, how did you get into the fashion design business?
I have been interested in fashion for as long as I can remember. From my very early childhood, I used to alter my mom’s clothes and help her pick her outfits, and by the time I graduated from high school I had already decided that my vocation was to pursue a career in the fashion field. It was only natural that I enrolled in fashion design school, ESMOD Beirut in 2005, from which I graduated with honors and distinctions in 2008.
"I like to design big dresses with a lot volume,
something reminiscent of the Marie Antoinette Era"
- How do you best describe your designs?
The woman I design for is a woman living a normal life in today's world, but who stands out with her elegance and grace. She has something about her that turns heads wherever she goes, leaving a trail of seduction and mystery behind. She's a woman who blows life into the garment she is wearing.
- When working on a new collection, where do you get your inspiration from?
In terms of creativity and inspiration, the world around me has always been a rich source of inspiration; it provides me with flashes of creativity all day long, from the moment I wake up until I go to bed, and sometimes even in my dreams. Anything can be inspiring, the music I listen to while I'm driving, interaction with people, when I'm relaxing at the beach, or reading magazines, watching other designers’ fashion shows, etc.
Another major source of inspiration is obtained while traveling, visiting new countries and getting acquainted with new cultures and fashion salons.
Inspiration is not only limited to my day-to-day activities, it can also be found in my dreams! I always dream about dresses or shapes and I wake up in the middle of night to draw them, and go back to sleep.
- How long does it usually take you to work on a piece and come up with the ideas?
It really depends on the piece; every piece is unique and has a story of its own.
"My only advice is for her to be herself and to follow her taste and instinct"
- Can a bride collaborate with you to design her own wedding dress or engagement dress?
I always collaborate with the brides to design their wedding dresses. Sure I want the bridal gowns to reflect my style, but they should also reflect the bride’s personality.
- What are your latest favorite fashion trends?
My favorite fashion trend is mixing materials; I think it adds an edgy look to the piece.
"I want the bridal gowns to reflect my style, but they should also reflect the bride’s personality"
- Are there any bridal trends that you personally like?
Personally I don’t have a favorite trend, but I like to design big dresses with a lot volume, something reminiscent of the Marie Antoinette Era.
- Who are some of your favorite designers?
I really admire John Galliano.
- What advice can you give the bride-to-be when choosing a wedding dress?
My only advice is for her to be herself and to follow her taste and instinct.