A number of Hollywood A-listers and Arab stars took to recent award shows wearing head-turning gowns from Arab designers––seasoned Middle Eastern names such as Zuhair Murad and Elie Saab predominantly ruled the red carpets. At the 2017 People’s Choice Awards red carpet, Blake Lively took a turn in a black, fringed Elie Saab mini dress featuring sheer panels, while Jennifer Lopez opted for an embellished Reem Acra gown.
Memorably, Kendall Jenner attended the 2016 Cannes Film Festival Chopard party wearing a long-sleeved, feather-embellished sheer gown by Elie Saab couture. Meanwhile, we’re still day-dreaming about the midnight blue, sequin-encrusted Zuhair Murad haute couture gown worn by Jenna Dewan Tatum at the 2016 Golden Globes.
Emerging talents made a high-octane impact in 2016, too. Tunisian star Hend Sabry practically demanded a double take in a deep plum, off-the-shoulder gown by up-and-coming Tunisian couturier Ali Karoui at the 2016 Dubai International Film Festival in December. Elsewhere, at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, model Winnie Harlow opted for an asymmetric dress by Lebanese designer Nicolas Jebran.
Here, we look back at the standout examples of Middle Eastern designers taking over red carpets.