It has been said that Robert Abi Nader is the king
of Middle Eastern haute couture
Zuhair Murad followed in the footsteps of
fellow countryman Robert Abi Nader, who also combined the best of
heritage with Parisian training
by Jack Yan
Photographed by Frédéric
de la Chapelle
T HAS BEEN SAID that Robert Abi Nader is the king of Middle
Eastern haute couture. If not the king, then he certainly
comes near, with his share of royalty amongst his clientèle.
Graduating from the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in 1985,
he was one of the first Lebanese designers to make it big in France,
succeeding Oscar de la Renta at Balmain.
Migration is a trait of successful Lebanese, searching
for victories offshore. Ralph Nader shares these roots, as does
Shakira, Paul Anka, Jamie Farr, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn, former
Ford CEO Jac Nasser and Swatch boss Nic Hayek. Learning other cultures
is second-nature to a people who have roots that are more diverse
than any other country may claim other than the United States.