Born in a family specialized in home furniture and decoration, her passion for arts grew up throughout the years. From sculpture to photography, to the prestigious Studio Berçot (a notorious fashion design school that trained many famous designers), to Malhia Kent’s workshops (Chanel’s exclusive weavers), it is in New York, at the well-known Proenza Schouler, that she developed her urban spirit style and her practice of ‘mix and match’.
Back to Beirut in 2012, she launched her first collection and opened her showroom in Espace M, a concept store in Horch Tabet.
Known for her ethnic style, refined materials and graphic cuts, she creates special modern looks.
Meet Sarah Melki.
Did you want to become a Fashion Designer when you where young?
My artistic inclinations started early as I grew up in the aesthetic surrounding of my family business specialized in home furniture and decoration.
What inspired you to get into Fashion Design?
Modern Art. Journeys.
Modern Art was and is still to this day my major source of inspiration. Basquiat, Miró, Calder…to name a few, are major references for me. They have inspired me and deeply influenced my tastes.
My journeys are as well my other source of inspiration. From China to India through Africa, I have nourished my imagination with colored images and ethnic graphics that I have transposed in my creations. In addition, I still do.
What is your philosophy in the art of Fashion Design?
What do you enjoy most about designing clothes?
I take real pleasure working with refined fabrics. I appreciate and admire the unique know-how in weaving techniques, everything is sharp and meticulous.
What is the most challenging part of your job?
How did you make it happen?
After studying Art at ALBA, I have moved to Paris in 2008 for 4 years to attend Studio Berçot, a fashion design school that has trained many gifted designers such as Isabel Marant or Martine Sitbon.
To complete my academic learning, I have developed my knowledge through various internship in major fashion houses. One of which in Malhia Kent’s workshops, Chanel’s exclusive weavers. There, I have mastered the discipline and expertise of French weaving. However, it is in New York, at the famous Proenza Schouler, that I were able to sharpen my urban spirit style and my use of “mix and match”.
In April 2012, I have returned to Beirut, opened a showroom in Horsh-Tabet where I have launched my first collection.
What is your favorite piece ?
Shorts are my favorites. They remain a staple of every collection.
What are your future plans ?
To grow… and to go worldwide…
A message to Lebanese Women?
Broaden your minds.