Elie Saab Bio, Age, Wife, Perfume, Project Runway, Fashion, Designer

Elie Saab Biography

Elie Saab is a fashion designer from Lebanon. His primary studio is in Lebanon, but he also has workshops in Milan and Paris. He began his business in the early 1980s, specializing in wedding couture.


How old is Elie Saab? – Age

He is 58 years old as of 4 July 2022. He was born in 1964 in Damour, Lebanon.

Elie Saab Family

Saab is the eldest son of a wood trader who raised five children in Damour, Lebanon’s southern seaside neighborhood. Saab, who was born in Beirut to Maronite Catholic Lebanese parents, began sewing as a youngster. His interest in fashion had shifted when he was eight years old. He would take patterns out of newspaper and scour his mother’s wardrobe for materials, using his sisters as models.

Elie Saab Wife

Saab and his wife Claudine have three boys and live in Lebanon with their family.

Elie Saab Net Worth

He has an estimated net worth of $5 Million.

Elie Saab X Emaar

The luxury Elie Saab at Emaar Beachfront property in Dubai has been revealed by the Lebanese fashion designer and the real estate development business Emaar. Grand Bleu Tower at Emaar Beachfront will have one, two, and three-bedroom apartments, as well as four-bedroom penthouses with furnishings by Saab. The Arabian Sea, The Palm, and Dubai Marina can all be seen from the residential skyscraper.

Elie Saab Project Runway

In 2016, Saab featured as a judge on Project Runway: Middle East. Between 2015 and 2017, Saab built a second Paris store, as well as additional locations in London’s Mayfair and New York. His first store in the United States debuted in Manhattan in October 2016. His couture lines were available in Paris, London, and Beirut as of March 2017, while his ready-to-wear items were accessible in 160 stores and his own boutiques. Also same month,  Saab established a new Madison Avenue location.

Elie Saab Fashion

Saab traveled to Paris to study fashion in 1981. He dropped out later to return to Beirut and launch his fashion line. When he was 18 years old, he worked with a staff of 15 people. Initially, his workshop specialized in bridal couture, creating wedding gowns and dresses with high-end materials, lace, elaborate needlework, pearls, crystals, and silk threads. His name in Beirut grew by clothing people in his area, and he was quickly boosted by high society women wearing his designs.

In 1997, Saab became the first non-Italian designer to join the National Chamber of Italian Fashion, and in the same year, he debuted his first collection outside of Lebanon in Rome. In 1998, he launched his ready-to-wear and accessories lines in Milan. During the same year, Saab presented a fashion show in Monaco, which was attended by Princess Stéphanie of Monaco. One of his emerald and diamond-encrusted gowns was allegedly auctioned for $2.4 million in 1999.

Elie Saab Beirut explosion

The explosion severely damaged Saab’s main office and headquarters, while his neighboring home was entirely destroyed. Despite this, the designer and his team want to return to work in order to complete the collection for the September exhibition. Saab announced a project in April 2021 that involves contributing a part of revenues to UNICEF’s “Integrated Education and Well-Being for Vulnerable Girls in Lebanon Program.”

Elie Saab Photo
Elie Saab Photo

Elie Saab Beirut Career

In 2002, Saab became the first Lebanese designer to dress an Oscar winner, Halle Berry. This made him more well-known in the United States. He was invited to join the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in May 2003, and in July 2003, he presented his first haute couture collection in Paris.

Elie by Saab, a bridal line, was created in 2003 by him and Pronovias. In 2006, he was inducted into the Chambre Syndicale de Haute Couture as a member correspondent. The Spring/Summer 2006 collection was his first ready-to-wear collection in Paris.

The outfits for the 2007 The Beyoncé Experience tour were designed by Saab, Tina Knowles, House of Deréon, Giorgio Armani, Herve Leger, and Versace. A total of 102 celebrities were dressed by Saab for events in 2010, up from 40 in 2009. He signed a 10-year fragrance and cosmetics licensing agreement that same year with Beauté Prestige International. Up until March, the number for 2011 was 88. A wax statue of Kate Winslet, dressed in the Elie Saab gown she wore to the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards, was unveiled in 2011 by Madame Tussauds. Le Parfum was Saab’s debut fragrance in 2011. In 2019, the Duchess of Cambridge attended Royal Ascot in a dress by Saab. A British royal donned a Saab gown for the very first time.