Exclusive interview with world famous Lebanese designer Krikor Jabotian
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In 2005, the worldwide fashion houses discovered a new name; Lebanese 18-year-old designer Krikor Jabotian, who could capture the attention of top fashion houses. In 2007, at the age of 21, Krikor Jabotian stepped into the world of fashion being a fresh graduate of l’Ecole Superieure des Arts et techniques de la Mode in Beirut, he began working at Elie Saab’s creative department, where he worked for seven months. In 2008, Krikor Jabotian was invited to present his first collection "Une noce funebre" in Dubai Fashion Week for the "Splash Emerging Talent" competition, being selected among the three young Middle Eastern designers of that year. After Krikor stepped out and began developing his own independent designs, he was selected by Starch foundation, a non-profit organization founded by Maison Rabih Kayrouz, to showcase his work. It was the first collection he designed under his own name, marking the beginning of his independent career. In 2009 and at the age of 23, Krikor Jabotian set up his first atelier in Abdul Wahab Al Inglizi's street in Beirut, which served him for a while to display his "Au gre d'une brise" and previous collections. However, shortly after that, Atelier Krikor Jabotian moved to Tabaris and opened fervently its doors on August 2011, where Krikor Jabotian launched his "La fille du temple" collection, in his new vivid workshop where he indulges creating, constructing, generating, conceiving, projecting and maturing his fresh imagination and bringing it to life.
Krikor Jabotian is one whose collections are always so captivating. His famous collection, Akhtamar, inspired by an Armenian legend about a princess called Tamar. And the latest collection is an absolute dream! The Amal collection hits a bridal fashion high note with its chic mix of eclectic silhouettes and textures.
Here, you can see an exclusive interview with world famous Lebanese designer Krikor Jabotian, who has Armenian roots and quite proud of his deep cultural roots.
-My heritage is definitely something that I am proud of, and that I try to incorporate in my professional identity. It is also certainly a big part of my personal identity. – Krikor Jabotian
-Krikor, please tell us how did you decide to become a designer and which were your first steps on the way to make your dreams come true?
- I suppose I always knew I wanted to become a fashion designer, even as a child. I never had to sit down and think about it, I just knew that this is what I want to do with my life. I remember playing with my younger sister and dressing her up with bed sheets and things I would find at home...
-We know that you started working at the prestigious fashion house Elie Saab, immediately after graduation. Did the work become crucial for you and do you use the experience, which you have gained from there, in creating your collections?
- The time I spent working in the creative department at Elie Saab was certainly the most enriching: it was an all encompassing introduction to this fascinating industry, and I appreciate every moment of it.
-In 23 years old you've already had your own fashion house, why did you decide to found it?
-Working in the couture industry in general means you will be in a very creative industry. When you work for someone else, you always need to adapt your creativity to them. At some point, I knew I needed to develop my own design and identity, and follow my own creative flow, so I did it and I started my own atelier.
-Which was your first greatest achievement in your professional career?
-It was certainly the fact that I was able to establish my very own atelier at such a young age.
- What inspires you mostly in creating your collections, dresses? What colors and fabrics do you prefer to work with?
-There is never one inspiration or muse. Never be one type of fabric or color. It's always a new, different, fun inspiration that starts somewhere but ends up taking me somewhere else completely different than where I started.
-In your collections, especially in Aghtamar and Amal have been used Armenian elements. Thus, do you want to tell to everybody that you are Armenian, or you are inspired from Armenian sketches?
-My heritage is definitely something that I am proud of, and that I try to incorporate in my professional identity. It is also certainly a big part of my personal identity.
-Which collection is the most successful?
-They are all special each in their own way. All my collections are very different from one another, that's why I believe it is impossible to compare or rank them.
-Are you planning to have а fashion show in Armenia, and if yes, then when?
-I would certainly want to have the opportunity to have a show in Armenia. Nothing is planned for the near future but this is always an idea that will remain in my mind.
-Are you following to the collections of Armenian designers, if yes, then, could you please mention the names, whose works you like the most.
-I admire and respect the work of Armenian designer Eddy Anemian. I truly expect a bright future ahead for him.
- Do you have famous clients, and who are they?
-Most of our clients belong to different royal families across the Middle East. Queen Rania of Jordan is certainly one I will never forget.
-Is there any designer who is an idol for you and you wish to cooperate with him/her?
-I would certainly dream of collaborating with the House of Chanel.
-What kind of surprises can we and your fans expect from you in 2015?
Hopefully, if all goes according to plan, several surprises! We plan on venturing into the world of fine jewelry, and ready-to-wear!
Here, you can enjoy some of the finest models of Krikor Jabotian's famous collections.