The Lebanese designer Rabih Kayrouz who runs an eponymous womenwear label has been made a member of the Paris haute couture circle, an esteemed group of fashion houses. The decision to grant it the illustrious label was taken by the French Ministry of Industry and the Fédération Française de la Couture, the governing body for the French couture industry. The decision was made official last week even though the jury made its mind about the same and granted the title on December 3.
Kayrouz founded Maison Rabih Kayrouz in Paris in 2008. He is celebrated for his colourful, fun and flamboyant designs. He was also elected as the guest member of this elite fashion circle in 2006. Kayrouz’s label is now one of the 17 fashion houses that are officially part of the haute couture calendar, including accomplished labels likeDior and Chanel as well as relative newcomers like Alexandre Vauthierand Alexis Mabille.
The designer broke the news to world by expressing his gratitude through a post he put on Instagram. He wrote, “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)”
It is believed that a designer label has to strictly adhere to certain set rules to be considered by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture, Paris’ governing couture body, to be part of the haute couture circle. Some of these couture membership rules include showing two couture collections a year, employing a certain number of people in a designer’satelier, producing pieces made by hand, etc.
He will show case his collection as a full-fledged member for the first time this year at Paris Couture Week, which would kick off from January from 21 to 24.