Elie Saab has dressed an array of A-list celebrities from Beyoncé to Jennifer Lopez, but he may have just worked with his most memorable client to date, after designing two beautiful wedding dresses for his now daughter-in-law Christina Mourad.
The fashion designer created two unique gowns especially for his son Elie Saab Jr's bride at the weekend, with Christina revealing that she didn't have any input into the design of the dresses, and instead trusted Elie to reflect her personality and style into the haute couture dresses.
Elie Saab designed two wedding dresses for his daughter-in-law Christina Mourad
But she was right to trust him, as the result was two equally unique and beautiful wedding dresses – one for their traditional Lebanese wedding ceremony, and the other for the rest of their celebrations. According to Brides, Christina's ceremony gown was made with 500,000 sequins, with a sleeveless tulle embroidered fabric and a 14-foot-train. She completed the look with a veil and headpiece decorated with 50,000 more sequins.
Meanwhile, the reception dress was a corseted ballgown embellished with 650,000 sequins and 150,000 Swarovski crystals, transforming Christina into a fairytale bride. The second dress also came with a veil that was embellished with 100,000 sequins.
The bridal looks were embellished with over one million sequins
As you would expect, it took a lot of time and effort to make the dresses, with Elie Saab and his team devoting 450 hours of embroidery, 150 hours of draping and volume creations, 80 hours of embroidery layout design, and 200 hours of tailoring to each of the two gowns. Phew!
Christina said she was thrilled with the finished result, telling Brides: "I cried when I put my dress on for the first time. It was a very emotional moment. When I saw the dress, I immediately fell in love with it. It is so perfect. I could not dream of a more beautiful dress. It exceeded all my expectations."
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