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Founders



Sarah Hermez
Director and Mentor

Sarah Hermez is a Lebanese fashion designer, born and raised in Kuwait.
She pursued dual degrees in fashion design at Parsons the New School for Design and media/cultural studies at Eugene Lang the New School for Liberal Arts in New York. She moved to Beirut in 2010 and launched Creative Space Beirut, merging the two worlds she is passionate about and bridging the social and the creative industries. She continues to direct the program and act as mentor to the students. Sarah is also the co-founder of SECOND st., a socially conscious brand with a progressive take on the classic shirt.

Caroline Simonelli
Professor and Mentor

Caroline Simonelli is a Lebanese/American designer who teaches fashion design at Parsons the New School for Design in New York. Before teaching, Caroline had a long career as a fashion designer in women’s dress apparel. Along with her own line of volume and couture collection, Large Sizes for QVC , Bloomingdales and Saks Fifth Avenue, she was also head dress designer at Liz Claiborne and head collection designer at Mollie Parnis New York. Caroline travels from New York to Beirut twice a year to lend her expertise and experience to Creative Space Beirut.






Our dedicated in-house team makes
Creative Space Beirut possible:



George Rouhana Head of Art Department, Partner of Social Entreprise
Tracy Moussi General Manager, Partner of Social Entreprise
Aline Seukunian Production Manager of csb ready-to-wear
Ghiya Haidar Graphic Designer
Yaman To’meh Graphic Designer
Roni Helou Designer of Roni Helou
Leen Accad Administration and eCommerce Manager
Yasmin Harake Content and Social Media Manager
Jennifer Jahjah Development Manager
Chafic Ghannam Pattern Maker






Guest Instructors

Diverse and talented designers and professionals volunteer their time to share their expertise with our students.


2018


Shermeen Tabet Illustration
Using different perspectives in fashion illustration, live model drawing, and mixed media.  
Design Studio 1 Concepts An introduction to the creative process of fashion design.

Rola Mezher Illustration Using different perspectives in fashion illustration, color rendering.

Timi Hayek Illustration Using different perspectives in fashion illustration, live model drawing, and mixed media.

Yesr Saab Entrepreneurship Learning the different aspects and stages of building a business plan.

2016


Rebecca Zaatar Concepts Translating inspirations into designs using mood boards and color stories.
 
Sinan Hallak Photoshop/Illustrator Creating mood boards on Photoshop and technical flats on Illustrator.

Ali Jaber Fashion History Learning about the evolution of fashion through social context.

Ahmed Amer Illustration Practicing fashion illustration through various techniques –  studying proportions, drawing from live models, and rendering.

Jesse Marion Bowley Block PrintingCreating painted prints on fabric using stamps, brushes, and other tools.

Nadine Mneimneh Technical SewingLearning how to use the sewing machines, basic sewing by hand, and different sewing, hemming and finishing techniques.

2015


Julian Roberts Subtraction Cutting British Council sponsored workshop by Royal College of Arts design professor on an experimental technique of hollow construction.

Reem Ismail Branding Communication Learning how to communicate a brand.

Nour Hage Textile Design Knitting, felting, and fabric manipulation.



2014


Timi Hayek Fashion Illustration Quick sketching using mixed media.

Raya Morcos Concepts Using surrealism as an inspiration to experiment with design ideas.

Nicolas El Hani Fashion History Learning about the evolution of fashion through social context.

Nadine Mneimneh Technical Sewing Learning how to use the sewing machines, basic sewing by hand, and different sewing, hemming and finishing techniques.

2013


Denise Maroney Silk Workshop A CEC Artslink sponsored workshop in silk painting and silk embroidery.
 
Ghalia Boustani Branding & Marketing A course exploring the business aspects of fashion.

Ghita Abi-Hanna Accessory Design Learning how to use different tools and materials to create accessories.

Lara Khoury Concepts
A course on using volume to inspire and inform design.

Maria Atallah Fashion History Learning about the evolution of fashion through social context.

Nadine Mneimneh Technical Sewing Learning how to use the sewing machines, basic sewing by hand, and different sewing, hemming and finishing techniques.







Throughout the years, many individuals have given time and energy to support free creative education. Creative Space Beirut is grateful to its growing community.


4 Concept Store
6:05 Depeche Mode
99u
ABC Department Store
Adonis Chami
Adrian Perfepena
Ahmad Rachwani
Aicha Bouslama
Aida Farah
Ali Jaber
Alice Edde
Aline Kaljian
AltCity
Alya Al Hamad
Amer & Rana Hunaidi
Anas Helwi
Aniss Ezziddine
Andrea Noura Nassar
Andrea Psaroulla
Angelique Sabounjian
Ashkal Alwan
Aya Hable
Ayla Hibri
Bashar Assaf
Bashir Wardini
Beirut Art Center
Beirut Design Week
Belal Hibri
Bessie Afnaim
Betty Guinean
Betty Qabazard
Bokja
Bouchra Boustany
Bread Republic
British Council
Bsous Silk Museum
Caggie Simonelli
Caline Jilwan
Carl Halal
Carole Beydoun
Ceem Haidar
Chantale Hassoun
Charbel Saade
Christiane Aoun
Christina Trad
Christine Tohme
Clem Brown
Clothilde Dagher
Cora Abino
Cynthia Chamat
Cynthia Merhej
Dana Khairallah
Daniele Kiridjian
Dany Hermez
Dar Al Mussawir
Dar El Nimer
Deeb Al Khatib
Denise Maroney
Derek Lam
Diab Tabari
Diane Von Furstenberg
Dima Ballout
Dina Ballout
Dima Saymeh
Dina Mahmoud
Dirani Family
Domaine des Tourelles
Donna Karan
Doreen Toutikian
Ekmekji Family
Elie Abi Acar
Elie Derian
Emile Issa-el- Khoury
Farida Qabazard
Fatima Qabazard
Fouad Tadros
George Ekmekji
George & Yolla Hermez
George Zouein
Georges Zouein
Ghalia Boustany
Ghina Wahid
Ghita Abi Hanna
Ghita Melki
Gilbert Joe Tawk
Giscardo Mannequins
Giselle Khoury
Habib Eid
Hadia Sinno
Halla Al-Saad
Hanan Al Kalooti
Hani & Karma Hammoud
Hannah Wilentz
Hermez Family
Hoda Kandil
Huda Baroudi
Humanity in Action
Im Nazih
Imad Gebrayel
In Place of War
Inaash
Isabella Khoury
Jack Issa
Jad Sakr
Jai
Jamal Nahle
Jamil and Amal Beidoun
Jamil Dada
Jana Abou Zahra
Jana Saleh
Janane Mallat
Jason Steel
Jawad Nawfal
Jesse Marion Bowley
Jinishian Memorial Program
Joanne Metni
Julian Roberts
Juniour Daou
Kamal Mouzawak
Kamynu Trust
Karam Al Ghossein
Karim Khneisser
Karim Najjar
Karina Vartanian
Khaled Huneidi
Kloe Domat
k l ō k Boutique
Kyra Haddad
Lara Hmayed
Lara Kassem
Lara Khoury
Lary Bs
Laura Helou
Layal Ghaya
Lea Chelhot
Lea Helou
Leah Bou-Fadel
Lebelik
Leen Sadder
Leonore Dicker
Liane Al Ghusain
Lina Abyad
Louise Doumet
Louise Malherbe
Luma Saleh
Lush
Luma Saleh
Lynn Abi Aad
Lyn Al Labban
Lynn Karam
Lynne Zakhour
Maggie Simonelli
Maha Faisal Kareem
Mahmood Al Safi
Mahmoud & Rana Dalloul
Malek & Lina Fawaz
Manaf & Betty Al Hamad
Marc Dibeh
Marc Ghazar
Mark Eke
Maria Atallah
Maria Hibri
Mariam Al Chaar
Mariam Baroudi
Mariam Suleiman
Maureen Mougin
Maya Zeidan
Mayssa Ghandour
MedCulture
Medea Azouri
Melanie Dagher
Mia Ighniades
Michel Ghanem
Michele Aoun
Mira Hayek
Mirella Salame
Missak Hajiadevikian
Moe Rida
Mood Fabric
Mouna Harati
Moussa Bshara
MRQT
Muniera Hoballah
Myriam Ziade
Nabil & Huda Qadummi
Nabil Canaan
Nada Dalloul
Nadim Saoma
Nadine Mneimneh
Najla Maatouk
Narina Najm
Nasri Atallah
Natasha Gasparian
Nayla Abi Aad
Nayla Geagea
Nayla Ghazzaoui
Nicola Strehle
Nicolas El Hani
Nicole Eid Abu Haydar
Nirmine Sibai
Nivine Al Dirani
Noaf Hussein
Noel Paul
Nora Mansour
Nour Hage
Nour Hoteit
Nour Mouslem
Nour Nassreddine
Nuqat
Nur Kaoukji
Oliver Corral
Olivier Gasnier Duparc
Parsons the New School for Design
Pechakucha
Persil
PickApp
Polypod
Pretty Little Things
Rabih Salloum
Rami & Melek Al Nimer
Ramzi Hibri
Ramzi Maatouk
Rana Khoury
Rania Dalloul
Rawad Nassif
Raya Kazoun
Rayan Shray
Rayya Morcos
Rayyan Abdel Khalik
Razan Saab
Rayyan Abdel Khalik
Razan Saab
Rebecca Zaatar
Reem Ismail
Reine Helou
Rhona Zeidan
Riad Harb
Rita Hayek
Riwa Mamoun
Rola Mezher
Roody Khalil
Ruby-Rose Dasalla
S. Yokoyama
Sabine Arida
Sacha Robehmed
Salloum Family
Samer & Rana Younis
Samer & Stephanie Harrouk
Sami Boulos
Sami Hermez
Samir & Velma Hermez
Sarah Beydoun
Sarah Saleh
Sary Moussa
Saudi National Creative District
Serene Abbas
Sharbel Hasbany
Shareeqa Banat
Sinan Hallak
Solidere
Sophia Psaroulla
Souad Amin
Sporting Beach Club
Starch Foundation
Station
Stephanie Psaroulla
Stephany Comaty
Tala Hajjar
Tala Nassar
Tamara Quaddoumi
Tamara Zeidan
Tania Hawilo
Tanya Dalal
Tara Hermez
Tarek Moukaddem
Tarek Mourad
TedX Beirut
Timi Hayek
Tony Elieh
Toufic El Zein
Tracy Saad
Uliana Fillipovskaya
Urban Zen
Wael Lazkani
Walid Ataya
Walid Rajjab
Wissam Sleiman
Yasmine Al Hafez
Yasmine Farha
Yasmine Hajj Ali
Yasmine Taan
Yousef Harati
Yvonne Watson
Zahed Sultan
Zaina Al Ghabra
Zaina Saab
Zalfa Azar
Zena Farhat
Ziad Barghash
Ziad Nawfal
Ziad Zeidan
Ziyad Hermez
Zyad Ceblany



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