Young Bahraini fashion designer Hebah Abdulaziz al-Hasan will be the guest designer at the 10th Annual Fashion Show to be hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar.
The show is a part of the annual activities of the institution’s fashion design programme to develop the country’s growing fashion industry, with support from Qatar Foundation. The event which is open to the public will be held on April 30 at 7pm.
The theme is entitled ‘Hekayat’ and comprises the stories the senior students weave together as they present their myriad collections.
The work of Hebah, which will be showcased at the event, carries an East-meets-West-theme. Her clothes are essentially modern, sporty and spirited but held together with an eastern essence as a result of the fabric used throughout the pieces.
Her designs for fashion-conscious women are comfortable, free-flowing and conservative, yet striking and sensual at the same time. Hebah’s forte is her ability to combine fabrics that come in a variety of eye-popping colours, textures and detail and she likes to add a touch of mysterious sensuality to her designs when creating her clothes.
While the ubiquitous kimono and traditional thobes are firm favourites, she is also drawn to Western clothing including baby doll and empire dresses, as well as 1950s “waist-clenching” dresses and peasant skirts.
The daughter of a former ambassador to Jordan and Iraq, Hebah has a bachelor’s degree from the American University in Washington and in 2001 she received a certificate in interior design from New York’s Parsons School of Design.
She has recently signed an agreement with Seventh Heaven, a retail outlet in Bahrain’s Al A’ali Shopping Complex, which will carry her Hazah line on an ongoing and exclusive basis.
Hebah has also exhibited her creations in Kuwait and looks forward to selling her clothing in other countries, especially in the fashion capitals.
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