Elie Saab was born July 4, 1964 in Damour, a suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, into a family of Maronite Catholics. He is the oldest of five children and their father was a wood merchant. In 1976, his home city of Damour was destroyed by the PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization). As a result, his family moved closer to Beirut so they could be closer to his father's family. Elie Saab grew up in Lebanon and at the age of 9, he displayed a talent and love for fashion and design. Hailing from a modest background and enduring the hardships of war, he showed unusual prowess in costume designing. As a child he would create designs on newspaper using his sisters for models. Rummaging through his mother’s clothing he would scour for materials he could use for his designs, which he would then try on his sisters. He moved to Paris in 1981 so that he could study design, unwilling to wait any further, he dropped from college in Paris and returned to his home town, to start his own business. He opened his first Atelier in Lebanon at the young age of 18 and employed 15 staff. Elie Saab made bridal gowns using beautiful fabrics, silk thread, pearls, lace and detailed embroidery. His popularity grew and he went from dressing the neighborhood women to dressing high society women. In 1997, he became a member of Italian " Camera Nazionale della Moda' in the same year he showed his first collection outside Lebanon in Rome. In 1998 he started his ready-to-wear line in Milan, as well as an accessories line. Later that year Elie Saab signed a contract with Beauté Prestige International for fragrance and cosmetics, and in the same year, Elie Saab held a fashion show in Monaco with Princess Stephanie of Monaco in attendance. In 1999, one of his dresses thickly embroidered with emeralds and diamonds was reportedly sold for $2.4 million. This Book is a special collections of Elie Saab works and collections.
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