September 25, 2016 12:00 AM | by The Fustany Team
Saba Tark: A Fashion Talk With One of Project Runway Middle East's Rebelious Designers
After winning her first challenge of Project Runway Middle East TV show, Saba Tarek left us with a strong first impression. So, we decided to find out more about Saba Tark, the designer that was able to convince Elie Saab, Afaf Jnifen, and the Arab star Haifa Wahbe that she can dress a star with a simple yet chic dress. Haifa Wehbe wore Saba's dress in her latest photoshoot, and although she almost got eliminated from the show in the second episode, she still managed to impress the judges with her unique skills.
So keep on reading and get to know Saba Tarek, the winner of the first Project Runway Middle East challenge.
1. How did your passion for fashion begin?
It began with fashion being in the family, my uncle was a textile developer in Iraq, and my grandmother was a Haute Couturier. She used to travel to Paris to showcase her designs, and also buy fabric and supplies in the 60’s and 70’s before the war.
2. What made you decide to apply to project runway?
I’m already an established designer in Europe with my own label SABA TARK. But, after I showed designs in Dubai last year during Fashion Forward, I got the need to be closer to the Arab world. MBC contacted me after the show, and I thought it was a good timing to participate and experience Arabic TV.
3. Best fashion tip you’ve ever received from someone was…
Develope your own textiles.
4. What was your hardest challenge through the first competition in Project Runway?
Most of my work is Haute Couture, and I make my own textiles, so it was a bit difficult for me to switch from that to making a dress in ten hours. But, thankfully it worked out well.
5. What inspires your designs?
I get inspired by art and culture. Every collection has a story behind it, and for every collection I design a mood-board and a book with the concept of the collection. It's not only the clothes, but the story behind it.
6. Tell us something about you that no one knows yet on the show.
I colored my hair blue four years ago to protect me from the evil eye. I'm a very superstitious person and wear an evil eye bracelet the whole time.
7. Name three contestants, who you consider to be your toughest competitors in Project Runway.
Project Runway is not a competition for me, I entered it for the experience.
Main Image Credits: Edith Wawrowska