Rami Al Ali practically makes dresses fit for a queen. His modern fairy-tale gowns are the heigh of Haute Couture with their dreamy fabrics, billowy flows and exquisite embellishments. We couldn’t think of a more appropriate designer for our bridal issue. We speak to the Syrian born designer about his love for the female form and Moorish artistry…
What has inspired your SS16 collection?
I was particularly intrigued by the decorative Moorish artistry; the details are beautiful and it really got the imagination going. I wanted my collection to reflect
the different themes and eras but with a modern twist. I experimented with silhouettes, which capture the feminine figure and also incorporate voluminous,
multi-layered skirts to seize the masquerade theme. The juxtaposition of both artistries were intertwined together through the form of art and careful use of time honoured techniques.
Your SS16 collection has that fairy-tale wedding about it. How do your bridal collections differ?
Our bridal gowns are lovingly crafted with the most luxurious fabrics and embellishments, the latest bridal collection promises to curate unforgettable moments through the art of couture.
What does Haute Couture mean to you? What defines it?
It’s a part of who I am and is something I’m passionate about. It is a form of art that allows me to vent my creative energy. I am also a huge art fan and often buy extravagant pieces for my home.
What kinds of fabric are you most drawn to?
I used to be more into fluid soft fabrics, more sheered and light, such as muslin tulle and silks. Nowadays, I push myself out of my comfort zone, and work with more rigid fabrics, so I can explore new volumes and structures, such as satin duchesse, brocade and thick organza.
Tell us a little bit about the stunning embellishments. How do you see that intricate process through?
I like to think that every small detail in every design is made to create a bigger and more beautiful picture, and in this collection, we used and incorporated modern time-honoured techniques in the couture collection to modernise the classic embroidery and make it stand out.
What kind of women do you love dressing?
I wouldn’t say that I cater to just one ideal. There wasn’t any particular woman in mind when I designed any of my collections. I work with many different women; from younger women who want something more cutting-edge, to the older more conservative woman who is looking for something more sophisticated. I’m doing well with both clients and I like catering to both. When something is beautiful, it’s beautiful and you don’t question it.
“Every small detail in every design is made to create a bigger and more beautiful picture. We used and incorporated modern time-honoured techniques in the couture collection to modernise the classic embroidery and make it stand out”
How do you want women to feel in your gowns?
I want every woman to feel confident and beautiful all the time when wearing my designs. There’s no better looking woman than the one who feels confident in what she’s wearing – she immediately stands out.
What part of the female body is the most endearing for you in terms of the way your gowns are cut?
I mainly focus on the silhouette of a woman’s body rather than a specific part to bring out the beauty of the dress.
Where is your favourite place in the world to unwind in?
I like anything with a less city feel, any place with natural surroundings (mountains, forest, beach). Any tucked in small village or countryside.
Which city encapsulates your brand’s style?
New York and Dubai.