Middle Eastern weddings continue to provide a large source of revenue for Paris’ couture houses, where the bride and the entire wedding party are often dressed in elaborate ball gowns. This also extends to the guests attending such events. Many Arab couture clients regularly order 3-4 ball gowns each season for such events on their social calendar.
Clockwise top left: Investcorp founder Nemir Kirdar & his wife long time couture client Nada Kirdar commissioned Christian Lacroix to design wedding gowns for their daughters, Rena and Serra’s, weddings; A wedding gown being presented to clients at Chanel’s couture salon in Paris; A sumptuous wedding dress studded with tiny pearls created by Louis Féraud in 1992 for the wedding of Princess Fahda Bint Khaled Bin Abdul Rahman, great granddaughter of the late King Abdul Aziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia; Princess Firyal of Jordan commissioned Dior to create the outfits for her son’s wedding in Amman; Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al-Missnad wife of the Amir of Qatar, shown here dressed in Jean-Louis Scherrer for her son’s wedding; A look from the Dior 2007 collection; Rena Sindi and her sister Serra photographed in New York; Princess Zahra Aga Khan, the only daughter of His Highness the Aga Khan, married Mr. Mark Boyden in England in a dress by Christian Lacroix. Amongst the wedding guests was Farah Diba, Iran’s former empress who fled Tehran in Valentino couture at the outbreak of the revolution.
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