'Fashion in Motion' Fashion Show plus Charity Sale of Fashions

Massoud Ansari
was born in Iran but spent his formative years in the UK and the USA, where he studied art and design. Returning to Iran in 1979, he started a private design work-shop. He is both an accomplished photographer and fashion designer. The source of his inspiration and drive comes mainly from day to day living in Iran. Photography is where he expresses himself emotionally. His most recent solo photographic exhibit was at the Silk Road Gallery in Tehran. 

Shirin Guild combines elements from world clothing traditions particularly the menswear from her native Iran with a modern, reductivist aesthetic. Extraneous detail and decoration are stripped away in favour of precision cutting and meticulous attention to every detail. She sources the most unusual textiles and yarns of the finest quality, as well as commissioning many unique fabrics. Examples of her work are exhibited on permanent display at the V&A Museum and the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery and are also part of the permanent collection of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. The Shirin Guild label was launched in London in 1992.

Maryam Mahdavi has been involved in the world of fashion since 1980. Her designs are predominantly influenced by the garments worn in Iran during the 19th century. This influence is of course very stylised, and her colour patterns today no longer bear any similarity with those of the traditional designs which represent her starting point. Fragments of old fabrics are used to highlight some of the features of many outfits.

Shadi Parand left Iran after high school and completed her higher education in France. After several years in Paris and New York in the world of fashion and clothing, she returned to Iran, where she has been active in fashion design for over ten years. A main source of her design inspirations are traditional Persian art, designs, and techniques, but she uses those ideas to create something modern. She travels extensively in Iran and elsewhere, captures the details, and uses them in her designs where least expected. Her current collection is a mixture of all the ideas and inspirations she has gathered over the years with an emphasis on the Qajar epoch and ancient Iranian art. She uses Persian colours in her designs and this can also be seen in the collection. She has transformed all these influences into something modern and avant-garde. 

Laya Torkaman was born in Iran but moved to France at a very young age, where she now lives. She pursues two careers since the mid 1990s, one in fashion and one in dance. Many of her fashion designs are influenced by traditional Persian garments. She frequently mixes modern fabrics with fragments from old Persian outfits. Her dancing is inspired by the mystical poetry of the classical Persian poets such as Rumi and Hafiz, and can best be described as a meditating exercise. She has recently performed in France, Holland, Italy and the UK.

was created almost 20 years ago between Nicolas Miller, who had already a long experience in fashion and staging and Kamran Khavari who brought his knowledge of systems management, fresh out of university. The chemistry between them makes the perfect package when it comes to the production of a fashion show. From the very birth of the project, to the actual show day and the smooth running of everything backstage as well as on the catwalk. Miller Khavari spend a lot of attention to detail when it comes to set and lighting design. Their client list include: Paul Smith, Jasper Conran, Jenny Packham, Rafael Lopez, Tommy Hilfiger, Betsey Johnson, Gianfranco Ferre, and Trussardi.


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