Lebanese singer Majida El Roumi is more than just a musician; she’s a cultural phenomenon. For almost five decades, El Roumi has sung her soprano melodies into the hearts of fans across the globe and quickly become renowned as an ambassador for the region when she became one of the first Arab artists to perform on the world’s most prestigious stages from New York’s Carnegie Hall and London’s Royal Albert Hall to Paris’ Olympia. Not only does El Roumi weave the rich history of the Middle East through her soulful lyrics which often feature lines from eloquent Arab writers and poets such as Kahlil Gibran, but she also embodies the essence of its vibrant culture in her sartorial choices.
Frequently donning designers hailing from the region and especially her native country of Lebanon, the acclaimed vocalist is a longtime supporter of local creatives both on-stage and off, from Paris Fashion Week regulars Georges Hobeika and Nicolas Jebran to celebrated couturier Tony Yaacoub. El Roumi’s tasteful elegance and worldly glamor are reflected in the timeless ensembles that consistently remind concertgoers what an icon truly looks like.
Championing the understated sophistication of modest dressing, each of El Roumi’s floor-length outfits is embued with a flair of artistry, whether it’s a vibrantly colored kaftan with modern patterns or a gold-embroidered gown with flowing cape sleeves. Her wardrobe is a diverse palette of bold shades and muted tones, but rarely lacking the glittering embellishments that shine near and far under the spotlight as she performs her greatest hits. Some of El Roumi’s most renowned looks include Hobeika’s royal-reminiscent designs at music festivals and televised specials across the region and intricately beaded single-hued gowns at the UAE’s biggest concerts. No matter the stage, El Roumi manages to tread the fine line between show-stopping opulence and delicate femininity while still upholding the traditional handicrafts of the Arab world.