One of the reasons why I set up this blog five years ago, was to discover innovative designs by young and talented fashion designers from our region and celebrate their creative force and ability to explore new ideas and push boundaries. Lebanese designer Krikor Jabotian blindly falls into this category.
Even though Krikor Jabotian is quite popular and has been in the fashion scene since 2008, when he presented his first collection Une noce funebre in Dubai Fashion Week, he excelled at designing feminine high-drama evening gowns with experimental details and a mix of sharp architectural lines and soft embellishments. I just recently got introduced to him, and I must add that he is so sweet and very down to earth. So how did this amazing talent start?
In 2005, at the age of 18, Jabotian joined ESMOD Beirut, to initiate his studies. He graduated at the age of 21 and joined Elie Saab's creative department team, where he worked for seven months.
In 2008, Krikor showcased his "Les fleurs bleues" collection at Faraya Mzaar, along with three other young Lebanese designers, in collaboration with Maison Rabih Kayrouz and Faraya Mzaar. He then got selected to showcase his collections at Starch boutique in Beirut.
At the age of 23, Jabotian set up his first atelier in Abdul Wahab Al Inglizi's street in Beirut, which served him for a while to display his Au gre d'une brise and previous collections. However, shortly after that, Atelier Krikor Jabotian moved to Tabariss and opened fervently its doors, where he currently works.
Along with Rabih Kayrouz, Krikor Jabotian has officially become one of my two favorite Lebanese designers.