Bashar Assaf and Marwan Kaabour present a series of T-shirts especially conceived for the first instalment of Beirut Pride, in the frame of the "Gender Fluidity Platform in Fashion" presented in collaboration with the Beirut Design Week.
The work in revealed at the opening ceremony of the Beirut Design Week 2017 on May 19 at KED and will be also exhibited in the "Gender Fluidity in Fashion" exhibition in Station.
Marwan Kaabour is a Beirut-born, London-based visual artist and graphic designer. He graduated from the American University go Beirut in 2009 and later received a Master’s degree from the London College of Communication in 2011. His work is centred around exhibition and publication design for an array of clients in the arts and culture sector including Art Basel, Victoria & Albert Museum, Serpentine Galleries, Somerset House and Banksy. He is currently a member of Barnbrook, one of the UK's most celebrated graphic design studios. www.marwankaabour.com
Bashar Assaf is a Beirut-based Lebanese fashion designer. Born and raised in Jeddah, Bashar moved to Beirut to study at the renowned Esmod International school, graduating in 2011 before embarking on a career as both a stylist and a designer for advertising and entertainment projects in Lebanon and Saudi Arabia. With garments that accentuate the female form with their sophisticated yet demure silhouettes and bold, solid colour palettes, Bashar’s work is increasingly recognised throughout the world, having been showcased as part of Fashion Forward in Dubai, and also nominated as Best Upcoming Fashion Designer in the Middle East at the Elle Style Awards. More recently, Bashar’s work was featured in a Wallpaper magazine exhibition and in an exhibition at Somerset House, London.
Beirut Design Week is the official annual event dedicated to all forms of design in Lebanon. Organised by the MENA Design Research Center and held annually in June across Beirut City, it features exhibitions, conferences, workshops and open studios showcasing the work of local and international designers operating within Lebanon. The event focuses on creative economies, intercultural exchange, design education and design entrepreneurship.