May 16, 2016 12:00 AM | by The Fustany Team
Sandra Mansour: A Young Lebanese Fashion Designer Who’s Making it Big
Sandra Mansour is a Lebanese fashion designer, who was born and raised in Switzerland. With such an interesting intermix of cultures, Sandra Mansour's talent grew to be undeniably unmissable. The Lebanese fashion industry is currently recognized worldwide, and Sandra Mansour is certainly one of the young talents in the forefront. She launched her eponymous label six years ago, after working with Elie Saab side by side - where she received first-hand experience with fabrics, textiles, embroidery, prints and cuts. Now read on to know more about Sandra Mansour, and scroll down to discover her Fall Winter 2016/17 collection.
Tell us more about the Sandra Mansour brand aesthetic.
At Sandra Mansour our brand aesthetic revolves around, chic, effortless elegance, that tells a certain story.
How do you feed your creativity and stay inspired?
It’s all about traveling, and immersing myself in wonderful books that I read, they give me a sense of inspiration that I find myself easily transported into a world that I would like to design.
You started your fashion journey with Elie Saab; what’s the no.1 lesson you learned from him?
To always focus on one thing at a time, he allowed me to realize the skill of being focused and the ability that comes with focus.
Haute Couture vs. Ready-to-Wear. Which captures your heart the most?
Ready-to-wear, because it’s more practical, modern and functional.
Your workshop is in Beirut; how important is it to support local artisans?
I love the fact that all my tailors are Lebanese, it brings me so much pride to say that everything from start to finish happens in my atelier, and it’s a journey that we’ve taken together.
What’s your take on the new concept of “see now, buy now” fashion shows?
The best part about “see now, buy now” fashion shows is that they allow the customer the ability to purchase the pieces they like on the spot, instead of waiting 6 months.
It is said that fashion is an international language. Do you agree?
Yes of course, like all forms of art it transcends all cultural barriers, and allows people from all walks of life to express themselves, and it translates one’s identity and personality into a universal one.
Finding the perfect wedding dress is every bride’s dream, so tell us more about your bridal line.
Currently we do made-to-order wedding gowns, and we do our best to recreate our bride’s definition of perfection for their special day. We hope to create a capsule collection for bridal wear in the near future.
As one of the young influential voices of the regional fashion industry, dedicate a message to aspiring fashion designers.
It’s important not to give up, and to take in all our culture has to offer, we live in such a creative region, which is a great stimulant to create.
What’s your future vision for the Sandra Mansour label?
A boutique, and as mentioned previously a capsule bridal collection, and collaborations with artists.
Meanwhile, scroll down to check out Sandra Mansour's Fall Winter 2016/17 collection titled "A Warrior's Collection."