In an announcement made last week, The French Couture Federation has granted the Lebanese fashion house Maison Rabih Kayrouz, haute couture status. It is now the fourth Arab label after elite fashion names like Georges Hobeika, Elie Saab and Zuhair Murad to be showcasing at the Paris Couture Week, for this season.
A meeting between French Couture Federation and France’s Industry Ministry on Dec. 3 ended at the decision of granting the opportunity to the fashion house despite the fact that the announcement was made this week.
The fashion house was previously appointed as a guest member in the haute couture line-up of 2016, a position that allows the fashion houses to be a part of the week but without the “haute couture” label. It will now be in the leagues of haute couture label holders such as Givenchy, Chanel and Maison Margiela.
The brand’s founder chose a heartfelt Instagram post as a medium to reflect upon his gratitude for the opportunity.
“We are proud to announce that Maison Rabih Kayrouz is officially appointed to the haute couture prestigious circle… permanent member and the right to use the haute couture label… thanks to all the team who worked so hard since 20 years (and) thanks to all our friends and supporters (sic).” – Rabih Kayrouz, Founder, Maison Rabih Kayrouz
The label has slowly yet significantly gained popularity, especially after celebrities like Canadian singer Celine Dion adorned designs by the Lebanese fashion house several times.