Creative Space Beirut is a free school in fashion design providing quality creative design education to talented individuals who lack the resources to pursue a degree at increasingly costly institutions of higher learning.

Our students come from diverse backgrounds and commute to the studio from all corners of Lebanon, including Palestinian refugee camps, Saida, Chouf, Tripoli, and Bourj Hammoud. They do not have the means to pursue an education or career in fashion design; however, they share a talent and aptitude for design and demonstrate a commitment to hard work. Creative Space Beirut offers these talented, young individuals a unique opportunity into design education as well as the design industry. Creative Space Beirut aims to make design education accessible to those with vision, flair, and the driving impulse to create.  
Creative Space Beirut runs as a three-year program. The students produce garments that are showcased and sold in a public exhibition at the end of each year. 100% of the proceeds generated by sales are reinvested in the school.
During their enrollment, students are provided with a comprehensive creative and practical education. The curriculum focuses on experiential learning, which enriches educational training and precipitates real-life experience.
The school’s curriculum turns away from compartmentalized classes, embedding essential technical skills into the creative process to encourage a holistic understanding of design. Through alternative and progressive educational methods, the school has created an innovative space that fosters dialogue between its diverse students, nurtures and advances their talent, helps them turn their passions into solid skills, and encourages forward thinking design. Upon completing the program, students will have compiled an extensive portfolio and are assisted in finding work opportunities.

Creative Space Beirut was founded in June 2011 by Parsons graduate, Sarah Hermez, and her former Parsons professor, Caroline Simonelli.


Creative Space Beirut is dedicated to fostering and supporting young design talent through an ecosystem of free education and work experience that facilitates equal opportunity into the design industry.  


With a goal of becoming a multi-disciplinary and self-sustainable environment, Creative Space Beirut aims to expand into other creative disciplines, using free education to challenge elitist approaches in design and establish a more inclusive field.


Opportunity - On a mission to make education a right rather than a privilege, Creative Space Beirut has always upheld the importance of equal opportunity and inclusivity incorporating the visions and voices of people from all backgrounds into the creative field. It’s for this reason the school facilitates education for those who lack the resources to attend increasingly expensive institutions or to enter the design industry.

Integrity - Creative Space Beirut prides itself on having strong moral principles and the ability to take the right course of action in a reliable manner. In order to maintain a sense of community, the school is careful to maintain its high standards of transparency and leads by example.

Diversity - Insisting on the belief that everyone should be treated with kindness and respect, Creative Space Beirut strives to be as inclusive as possible, and makes informed decisions regarding its students and staff by way of their work ethic, knowledge and experience as opposed to their choices, origins or beliefs.

Talent - Creative Space Beirut is built upon talent. Dedicated to providing young, ambitious individuals with the tools, knowledge and experience needed to pursue a career in fashion design, the school works to nurture each  student while encouraging them to hone and strengthen their individuality and creative flair.

Quality - The school promises quality in all areas, and takes care to make sure it delivers the highest standards of education at all times. By way of thorough, hands-on learning experiences, experienced, dedicated instructors and progressive  teaching methods, Creative Space Beirut consciously strives for excellence.