02.12.2008  •  Fashion NEWS


Ziad Ghanem : MAIDEN BRITAIN - English Boys and Working Girls

ZIAD GHANEM, London designer and creative consultant (for DRAMA magazine and many more), combines couture techniques with rough street styles. He loves to bend the rules and turn couture on its head; while you can find dramatic, voluminous gowns in his collection he also gives wearable, ethically sourced fabrics his undivided attention. We are pleased to present a selection of designs from his current collection as well as from his previous Summer 08 collection, by his junior line titled MAIDEN BRITAIN. The collection is called English Boys and Working Girls.

Established as a ready-to-wear designer for both men and women Ziad is now breaking new ground with his bespoke designs, private commissions and junior line. Past projects have ranged from an exclusive collection for the LVMH-Celux boutique in Tokyo to his top-selling ‘I Love London’ range for high street giant TopMan. Ziad Ghanem has captured the cutting edge spirit of London street and club style and grown into an international label with clients across the globe.

London’s art collectives, the contemporary city’s answer to Warhol’s factory are the way forward, so it comes as no great surprise that Ziad Ghanem has joined arms with graphic artist Robert Boon to create an extended family of artistic individuals that get together and collaborate on a wide range of inspiring projects. The dynamic duo have a mutual interest in creating and sharing challenging work that expresses their desires, thoughts and experiences. The contributors include fashion designers, tailors, photographers, writers, poets, musicians, illustrators, philosophers, teachers, make-up artists, performance artists, stylists and graffiti artists.

This collective approach is evident in the attached summer collection shoot by Tanausu Herrera, illustrations provided by Robert Boon, boots by Dr. Martens, styling c/o Callum Vincent, and Shelly Would Babe and Catalina Carrera in charge of the clothing construction.

A few weeks ago the BBC aired a series of five episodes on ‘British Style Genius’, providing an insight into the glamorous world of fashion and the creativity of streetwear styles. The most important fashion players on the island were introduced, from Kate Moss, Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen, Philip Green to Paul Smith. The show’s opener and promotion featured Ziad Ghanem’s iconic union jack dress, a perfect juxtaposition of rebel styling and couture elements.


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