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12 Middle Eastern Fashion Designers to Keep on Your Radar

  • April 27, 2023

Between Nowruz, Ramadan, Eid, and Arab-American Heritage Month, there’s so much culture to celebrate in spring. This year, many Middle Eastern fashion designers have captured how special this time is for Southwest Asian and North African communities. in different campaigns, collections, and more.

While this season is particularly special, there are countless brands representing the region all year round on some of the biggest stages and runways in fashion. You may already know some designers like Elie Saab and Zuhair Murad who have dressed some of the biggest stars in the world, but they’re not the only ones who are celeb-favorites. Some of the most memorable moments in fashion history were brought to you by Middle Eastern designers.

Plus, there’s now a new generation of young Middle Eastern fashion designers who are changing up the status quo. Whether in the heart of the region or the diaspora, they’re putting their tradition and culture at the forefront of fashion with their own modern touch.

Whether you prefer the classics or the trendy, there’s no denying that the talents in and from the Southwest Asian and North African region are ones to watch.


<cite class="credit">Courtesy of Sayran. / Photo by Jiyan Zandi.</cite>

Courtesy of Sayran. / Photo by Jiyan Zandi.

Taking inspiration from Kurdish roots, the eponymous jewelry label Sayran specializes in giving traditional styles a twist. Symbols like the evil eye, pomegranates, and seven eyes combined with Y2K, indie, and futuristic aesthetics give Sayran its unique charm. The most recent collection dropped on Nowruz and is named Azadî, meaning freedom in Kurdish.

Tala Barbotin Khalidy

<cite class="credit">Courtesy of Tala Barbotin Khalidy. / Photo by Nadia Irshaid Gilbert.</cite>

Courtesy of Tala Barbotin Khalidy. / Photo by Nadia Irshaid Gilbert.

As the head of a small-batch, slow fashion brand, Tala Barbotin Khalidy splits her time between New York City and Beirut. Going straight to the source of her inspiration, Khalidy

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