Egyptian designer attends local fashion show

The return of Fashion on the Avenue on Sept. 12 meant a boost for local retailers but the event also attracted more exotic fashionistas including Gizelle Sabreen Begler, an exotic haute couture designer hailing all the way from Egypt.

Long-time Greenwich luxury retailer, Patricia Gourlay, brought the Cairo designer to Greenwich Avenue, where she was able to show off her designs, inspired by a mix of various cultures.

“Patricia Gourlay is pleased to introduce Gizelle Couture to the U.S.,” said Susannah Bonbrisco, owner of Patricia Gourlay. “Gizelle is a great example of the rich young talent we have right here in Connecticut. I am so proud to share her work.”

An Egyptian-American, Ms. Begler is inspired by life in the artists’ enclave of Westport, where she grew up, the design academics of Cornell University and the bustling streets of Cairo. Her unique line of global glamour is now available in the U.S. Couture evening and bridal gowns that have appealed to discerning royals and brides are her specialty— all handcrafted with exquisite fabrics, high quality stitching, beaded lace and other vintage embellishments.

Ms. Begler’s work has been seen widely in Egypt, where she opened an atelier and workshop in Cairo last year. Her work has also been featured in the Egyptian press, and the editors of the elite annual wedding guide, Marry Me, selected her designs for the cover of the 2013 edition.

The designer completed Cornell’s Fiber Science and Apparel design program, attending the only Ivy League school to offer a fashion program. She went on to specialize in couture gown design at Accademia Italiana in Florence, Italy. She has also worked for labels such as Tommy Hilfiger, Giorgio Armani and Sugar Plum N.Y. in New York City.

In 2010, Ms. Begler turned her attention to her ancestral Egypt, where she believed there was lack of proper wedding gowns for Middle Eastern women. She uprooted and moved to Cairo and has since designed wedding dresses for Gulf-Arab princesses, Egyptian celebrities and others with a desire for one-of-a-kind fashion. In 2012, she was recruited to design 20 gowns for contestants of the 2012 Miss Arab World event.

Each dress she makes is unique — taking the client’s body type, complexion and personality into consideration.

While Egypt will remain a second home to Ms. Begler, she is now focused on bringing her art to the U.S. Fashion on the Avenue is her first showing in the U.S. as an independent designer.

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