Zuhair Murad Spring Summer 2013 Haute Couture

Designer of the Moment: Zuhair Murad 

Who Else Has Dressed Jennifer Lopez, Taylor Swift, Kristen Stewart, Blake Lively, Gwen Stefani, Rihanna, Kristen Bell and More?


Right after Jennifer Lopez appeared at last year’s Oscars in one of the night’s most spectacular gowns, I became an admirer of Zuhair Murad.

And I’m not alone. In recent years, he’s become the designer of choice for young celebrities.

The talented couturier is responsible for Taylor Swift’s golden gown at last year’s Grammys and Kristin Stewart’s controversial see-through frock for her recent “Twilight” premiere. His dresses have turned up on Blake Lively, Marion Cotillard, Gwen Stefani, Catherine Zeta Jones, Rihanna, Fergie, Eva Longoria, Kristen Bell, Kerry Washington, Kate Beckinsale, Carrie Underwood, and more. No doubt his designs will be seen at this month’s Academy Awards, too.

Backstage before his spring summer 2013 haute couture show, presented at the Paris Westin on Jan. 24, we chatted about how he became such a favorite with the famous.

“It usually starts with the stylists,” Murad said. In the case of Jennifer Lopez, he said, the recording star saw his dresses, fell in love with them, and had her stylist pay him a call. Since then, Murad has provided her with many gowns and designed her costumes for her singing tour.

“My relation with JLo is different now,” he said. “Now we are friends.”

And while some styles are custom-designed, most actresses and their stylists choose from the collection.

Frederique Lopez, a French stylist, accompanied French star Melanie Douty to Murad’s couture show. French singer Maya Diab turned up, too, in her case, wearing a slick brocade romper.

“Zuhair designed this for my concert and asked me to wear it to his show,” she said.

So who will be wearing Zuhair Murad for the Academy Awards?

“We have two confirmations, but we never know what will happen,” Murad said. “It’s crazy. It’s always at the last moment. Actresses can change their minds.”

Personally, I can’t wait to see if one of his gowns is among my favorites this year, too.

To read my story about the Zuhair Murad show in the “All the Rage” section of the Los Angeles Times, click here.  Academy Awards fashion watchers might choose to check out the gallery below – as one or more of the dresses may turn up again on Oscar night.


Top photo: Zuhair Murad backstage before the spring summer 2013 haute couture show at the Paris Westin (photo: SocietyNewsLA.com)

Center photo: French star Melanie Douty in Zuhair Murad at the Zuhair Murad spring summer 2013 haute couture show (photo: SocietyNewsLA.com)

Bottom photo: From the Zuhair Murad spring summer 2013 haute couture collection (photo, courtesy of Zuhair Murad)



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Zuhair Murad Spring Summer 2013 Haute Couture

Published Jan. 14, 2013 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA