Madonna's a Rebel Heart with Nicolas Jebran

Published September 20th, 2015 - 01:00 GMT
Nicolas Jebran joins an acclaimed list of designers providing costumes for The Material Girl's Rebel Heart tour. (Instagram/Al Bawaba edit)
Nicolas Jebran joins an acclaimed list of designers providing costumes for The Material Girl's Rebel Heart tour. (Instagram/Al Bawaba edit)

Has Nicolas Jebran stolen Ellie Saab's crown as the A-lister's go-to Lebanese designer for the red-carpet?

When Madonna took a spill while performing at this year's Brit Awards, she did it in style wearing a matador jacket by the Lebanese designer. Madge must've forgiven the wardrobe malfunction, because she's kicked off her Rebel Heart tour with Jebran's creations in tow.

(Facebook/Nicolas Jebran/Al Bawaba edit)

Madonna's choice of 41 year old Jebran for her show garb places the Lebanese designer in the company of some of the hottest designers who are also providing costumes for the Rebel Heart tour: Alessandro Michele for Gucci, Miu Miu, Prada, Jeremy Scott, Alexander Wang and Fausto Puglisi.

Beirut beginnings

After coming in second place in the fashion category of the 1999 Lebanese reality television competition Studio El Fan, Nicolas Jebran set up shop in Abu Dhabi a year later.

Launching his first line in 2001 he continued his studies in jewelry and accessories design.

Jebran began to make his name dressing Arab celebrities such as Haifa Wehbe, Maya Diab, Asala Nasri, Sherine Abdel Wahab, Cyrine Abdel Nour and Amal Maher. Returning to a base in Beirut with a fashion show entitled "The Return",

Jebran is now firmly part of the pack of the new Lebanese invasion onto the global fashion scene that includes Charbel Zoe and Rabih Kayrouz.

This new guard  joins more established Lebanese fashion houses such as Georges Chakra, Georges Hobeika, Zuhair Murad, Reem Acra and Elie Saab.

Perfect for the paparazzi

Beyonce wowed the red carpet at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards in a spiderweb-inspired Jebran design.

Remember when Katy Perry courted controversy in her Dark Horse video? She did it in a Nicolas Jebran's haute couture gown. 

(Facebook/Nicolas Jebran)

Australian rapper Iggy Azalea, socialite Paris Hilton, X-Factor judges (on both sides of the Atlantic) Demi Lovato in the US, Nicole Scherzinger and Cheryl Cole in the UK - Fergie, Paloma Faith, supermodel Cindy Crawford, RIta Ora, and Lady Gaga have alll worn Jebran's designs.

Three stars, one dress: Eiza Gonzalez, Kylie Jenner and Demi Lovato. (Facebook/Nicolas Jebran)

Last but not least, diva and American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez  is one of the earliest of the Hollywood brigade to wear Jebran - a silver corseted bodysuit for a 2012 performance in Las Vegas, no less.

Kardashian reality star and A-list model Kylie Jenner stepped out for her 18th birthday party in a $10,000 Swarovski-encrusted Jebran mini-dress, guaranteeing front page domination. (Instagram/Nicolas Jebran/Al Bawaba edit)

Jebran's clients are not shy wallflowers; they turn to him when they want to generate that extra buzz for the cameras at awards ceremonies, movie premieres, television show finals, and magazine covers.

When they want something attention-grabbing, luxurious, unusual and a little risqué, Jebran is increasingly becoming the man they turn to.

Will Madonna do for Jebran what she did for Jean-Paul Gaultier?

With or without the Material Girl, we expect that Jebran's star is still ascending.


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