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Gender Fluidity in Fashion Exhibition

  • Station Jisr El Watti Jabal Lubnan Lebanon (map)

The Beirut Pride, in collaboration with the Beirut Design Week, is presenting a platform on "Gender Fluidity in Fashion".

An exhibition of garments by La Terre Est Folle, /perverse label/, Bashar Assaf x Marwan Kaabour and Men Just Wanna Have Fun will invest the hall of Station. The exhibition offers an insight on the unisex fashion world in Lebanon, and opens on May 14. It runs until the closing day of Beirut Design Week 2017, on May 26.

The "Gender Fluidity in Fashion" platform also entails a talk scheduled in the frame of the BDW talk day on May 21 at 6 pm at KED.

LA TERRE EST FOLLE is a contemporary design house producing neo-artisanal resort wear and decorative furniture. Founded in beautiful bullet-ridden Beirut and conceptualized around the modern explorer – living curiously, intensely and artfully. Catering to an entire lifestyle, from home to wardrobe, LA TERRE EST FOLLE merchandise is made on the shores of the Mediterranean in sunny Beirut.

The world is so madly inspiring and diverse - travel, people, art, history, mythology, architecture, space, folklore, nature, subcultures … are subverted to align with the progressive madness and romance of the modern the day rogue spirit alternating palazzo life and adventure.

LTF pieces capture the escapist spirit of the hedonist flâneur – they are nonchalant and intellectual essentials destined for vagabond collectors. Global and timeless, they address our heightened expectations from the things we surround ourselves with. We believe real luxury is scarce and singular - produced in small editions with detail variations each item is distinctive, We make that mad piece, “la piece folle”.

MEN JUST WANNA HAVE FUN is a curated selection of Menswear and Unisex wear by two sisters Chantal and Beatrice Harb.
It is available either at pop up events or through out the year by appointment at our atelier in dora.
MJWHF Offers private styling sessions and custom made garments.

Lobnan Mahfouz's passion for art has been within him since ever. The age of 14 was when he realized that this love can be translated into fashion. Therefore, he graduated with an honorary degree in Fashion Design and Pattern Drafting at ESMOD Beirut 2011. This opened many opportunities of internships with reputable fashion designers in Lebanon, which led him after that to work with fashion companies in Turkey, India, and China. In November 2015, Lobnan launched his first collection "11:11" under the brand's name "Perverse Label". "Perverse Label" is a gender-neutral and aseasonal brand that provides distinctive pieces targeting venturous individuals around the globe. What inspires the brand is the existence of a huge melting pot of genders, personalities, ethnic backgrounds, and every single aspect varying from a person to another. The uniqueness of "Perverse Label" is translated by its ability to mix and match more than one fabric boldly creating distinguished pieces. In February 2016, Lobnan was selected by STARCH Foundation. Lobnan's second collection "Shadows Of My Reflection" and the third one "The Supernovas" were both showcased at Fashion Forward Dubai presented by STARCH Foundation.

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.

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. 

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