The winners of the 2017 DDFC/Vogue Fashion Prize will be announced during a private gala on November 8. Before the competition comes to a triumphant end, we get more personal. We’ve already welcomed you into the ateliers of the five ready-to-wear and accessories finalists, where they have been toiling away for the past few weeks to complete their collections. Now it’s time to explore the workspaces of the three high jewelry design finalists. Here, Nourah al Faisal of Nuun Jewels, Nadine Ghosn, and Gafla Jewellery’s Hamad bin Shaiban, Abdulla BelJafla, and Bushra bint Darwish open up their studio doors to reveal how their jewelry comes to life. Scroll down to discover their creative processes and take a sneak peek of the corners where their inspirations and collections are cultivated.
Nourah Al Faisal
“I like to start my day with an early morning swim before heading to my office. I take my coffee while answering emails and corresponding with the team in Paris. After taking care of any other paperwork, I have brunch with my family. My afternoons are all about creativity. I spend most days researching, designing, and sketching until early evening. Sometimes I end up working into the night if I am excited by a new idea or if I have a deadline.”
“Below are the only two pictures I have within my manufacturer as they are quite private. Both are located in Beirut where the manufacturer has a team of seven artisans. Often I spend two to three weeks at a time with my manufacturers to create collections from sketch to final product. I am very hands-on and usually join them at 8am until 5pm. We do waxing, drawing, 3D, and testing out all together. It is a very intense process yet it is very focused. It is how I work best. In both of these shots I am supporting a Lebanese designer I believe is very talented – Sandra Mansour – both the skirt and dress were made by her.”
Hamad bin Shaiban, Abdulla BelJafla, and Bushra bint Darwish
“Set within the heart of the Dubai Design District, my atelier is warm and cozy. It’s very welcoming, with a good amount of natural sunlight entering through the windows. We have the studio, where my team and I work like a family, and the majlis where we host our guests. It’s home to me. I’m spending most of my time here so I might as well make it the best I can possibly imagine. Working in a warm and positive environment is important. And it’s not just the studio, it’s the whole community that surround us at Gafla.”