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Elie Saab gives a closer look at the making of Christina Mourad's wedding dress

The National 2019-08-13 02:27:00

Elie Saab gives a closer look at the making of Christina Mourad's wedding dress


The Lebanese designer dressed his new daughter-in-law for her big day last month


Elie Saab greets his new daughter-in-law at the after party. Photo: ParAzarProductions

The middle of the religious ceremony. Photo: ParAzar 

Prime Minister Saad Hariri with Claudine Saab and Elie Saab at the after party. Photo: ParAzar 

Dita von Teese at the after party. 

The Maronite ceremony. Photo: ParAzar 

Filmmaker Nadine Labaki at the after party. Photo: ParAzar 

Fireworks at the after party on Friday July 19. Photo: ParAzarProductions 

Proud parents: Elie and Claudine with their other son at the religious ceremony. Photo: ParAzar 

The festivities ended with a party at Saab’s residence in Faqra, with the bride wearing an aquamarine dress. Photo: ParAzar

The beautiful bride. Photo: ParAzar 

Christina at a wedding dress fitting with her future father-in-law, Elie Saab, arguably Lebanon's greatest fashion designer. Photo: ParAzar Productions

Elie Saab Jr with his parents at the religious ceremony - Claudine's dress here has to be our favourite of the whole festivities. Photo: ParAzar 

The 4.5-metre train looked stunning during the ceremony. Photo: ParAzar

A view of the beautiful dinner at the Saab home the night after the wedding. Photo: ParAzar

Elie and Claudine at the Oriental themed party the night before the wedding. Photo: ParAzar 

The newlyweds. Photo: ParAzar

The newlyweds celebrate after their wedding. Photo: ParAzar

The newlyweds celebrate with cake at their ceremony. Photo: ParAzar 

The couple in the middle of the religious ceremony. Photo: ParAzar 

Christina wore an Elie Saab gown made of ivory silk and champagne Lurex threads. Photo: ParAzar

The family arrive at the ceremony. Photo: ParAzar

A view of the religious ceremony. Photo: ParAzar 

On July 19, the couple tied the knot in a religious ceremony in Bkerki. Photo: ParAzar

The bride and groom. Photo: ParAzar

The couple at the pre-party the night before at Plateau de Bakish. Christina is in a cream jumpsuit with a gold cape from the Haute Couture Fall-Winter 2019/2020 collection.

The parents of the groom at the religious ceremony.  Photo: ParAzar

The young couple the night before their wedding at an 'Oriental' themed party. Photo: ParAzar

Model Toni Garrn after the wedding. Photo: ParAzar 

Salma Abu Deif after the wedding. Photo: ParAzar

Sara Sampaio at the wedding day after party. Photo: ParAzar. 

Lauren Remington Platt. Photo: Carl Halal 

Karolina Kurkova at the after party. Photo: ParAzar 

Chantal Thomass and Dita von Teese at the wedding. Photo: Par Azar

Claudine Saab, Elie Saab and the newlyweds at the dinner at the Saab home the night after the wedding. Photo: ParAzar

Christina at the fitting. Photo: ParAzar 

The wedding dress fitting. Photo: ParAzar

Caroline Daur at the after party. Photo: Carl Halal

A view of the lavish after party. Photo: ParAzarProductions 

Guests watch the newlyweds dance. Photo: Photo: ParAzarProductions 

Elie and Christina at the after party on July 19. Photo: ParAzarProductions 

Elie and Christina dance at the after party. Photo: ParAzarProductions 

It was a dress that spawned hundreds of headlines, and now fashion fans can get an intimate look at the intricate work that went into creating Christina Mourad's wedding gown.

The bride – who goes by the nickname Kika – on Friday, July 19, wearing a gown crafted by her new father-in-law.

Noted Lebanese designer Elie Saab was behind the custom number, which featured glimmering sequins, an illusion neckline and a romantic full skirt.

Almost a month after the big day, the Damour-born couturier has shared a clip and two photos that shows the behind-the-scenes work that went into creating the opulent gown.

"A focus on the intricate details of the custom Elie Saab Haute Couture wedding dress and the emotional fittings leading to the big day," the clip, posted on Instagram account of the designer's eponymous label, stated.

The short video shows a number of artisans and seamstresses working away at the gold-hued gown, which was inspired by the label's autumn / winter 2019-20 collection.

The clip also shows Mourad being fitted with a veil by Saab himself, while a shot of the dress on a mannequin in the designer's atelier shows the sheer scale and volume of the voluminous, flowing skirt.

The which is northeast of Beirut, and was attended by more than 1,000 guests. A reception was hosted at the exclusive Faqra Club, and attended by some of the biggest names in Lebanon, with Assi El Hallani, Elissa and Michel Fadel all performing at the event.

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