Drawing inspiration from the ancient Persian game

Based in Paris, Iranian designer Araz Fazaeli has always sought to unite Western codes of couture with the rich subtleties of the Middle East, understanding that it is a world newly open to possibilities. Like many designers, Fazaeli’s focus is on beauty, rather than making political statements. This is not elitist or vain, but a desire to shift the conversation towards the artistic potential that is very often overshadowed by its negative image in the mainstream media. Signature to the designer are poetic and philosophical collections filled with Persian folklore and symbolism, approached from a modern playful angle.