The 10 Designers From Asia Who Showcased At Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week – Forbes

Georges A model poses backstage prior the Georges Hobeika Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017-2018 show as part of Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week on July 3, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

Georges A model poses backstage prior the Georges Hobeika Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017-2018 show as part of Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week on July 3, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

When it comes to exclusivity in fashion, Haute Couture Fashion Week (HCFW) is as exclusive as it gets.

While the main 4 fashion weeks (New York, London, Milan and Paris) – are relatively open for new designers, HCFW is only open to those who meet criteria approved by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture – the jury who determines which fashion houses are allowed to call their creations ‘Haute Couture’ as the term itself is protected by law.

These criteria include designing made-to-order, having a workshop in Paris and employing at least 20 full-time technical people, among others.

No wonder then that designers showcasing at HCFW have been established European fashion houses.

Recently however, things have been changing and more and more designers from the Asian continent are invited to showcase as part of the uber exclusive event’s official calendar.

This signifies the newly-found openness of Europe’s fashion elite and changing perceptions towards Asia’s talented designers.

From East Asia to the Middle East – here are 10 Haute Couture designers who paraded their creations at the most coveted runway this season.

Chinese designer Guo Pei at the end of her Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017-2018 show in on July 2, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images)

Chinese designer Guo Pei at the end of her Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017-2018 show in on July 2, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images)

Guo Pei – China

The Beijing native is known for her couture dramatic creations where pieces take months or years to make and cost up to $800,000. She shot to fame when she dressed Rihanna at the 2015 Met Gala in that yellow gown weighing 25kg. No wonder the Chambre took notice and gave her a spot at the ultimate luxury week.

A model walks the runway during the Guo Pei Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017-2018 show as part of Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week on July 2, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images)

A model walks the runway during the Guo Pei Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017-2018 show as part of Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week on July 2, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images)

Models present creations by Yuima Nakazato during the 2017-2018 fall/winter Haute Couture collection in Paris on July 5, 2017. (Photo: FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images)

Models present creations by Yuima Nakazato during the 2017-2018 fall/winter Haute Couture collection in Paris on July 5, 2017. (Photo: FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images)

Yuima Nakazato – Japan

The Tokyo-born designer who dressed the likes of Lady Gaga is keen on pushing the boundaries in fashion as he often includes advanced digital techniques and 3D printed elements in his creations. Last year he became the second Japanese designer to be chosen to show in the history of HCFW – and the first in 12 years.

A model presents a creation by Yuima Nakazato during the 2017-2018 fall/winter Haute Couture collection in Paris on July 5, 2017.(Photo: FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images)

A model presents a creation by Yuima Nakazato during the 2017-2018 fall/winter Haute Couture collection in Paris on July 5, 2017.(Photo: FRANCOIS GUILLOT/AFP/Getty Images)

Dutch-Vietnamese designer Xuan-Thu Nguyen at the end of the Xuan Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017-2018 show as part of Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week on July 2, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images)

Dutch-Vietnamese designer Xuan-Thu Nguyen at the end of the Xuan Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017-2018 show as part of Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week on July 2, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images)

Xuan – Vietnam/Holland

The Paris-based Dutch-Vietnamese designer has earned her spot at HCFW and is increasingly getting praise for the workmanship and impeccable construction in her designs. She was invited last January for the first time to showcase as a guest member at the Haute Couture Fashion Week.

A model walks the runway during the Xuan Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017-2018 show as part of Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week on July 2, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images)

A model walks the runway during the Xuan Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017-2018 show as part of Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week on July 2, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Thierry Chesnot/Getty Images)

South-Korean-born Danish fashion designer Christine Hyun Mi Nielsen poses after her 2017 spring/summer Haute Couture collection on January 26, 2017 in Paris. (Photo: ALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images)

South-Korean-born Danish fashion designer Christine Hyun Mi Nielsen poses after her 2017 spring/summer Haute Couture collection on January 26, 2017 in Paris. (Photo: ALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images)

Hyun Mi Nielsen – Korea/Denmark

Born in South Korea and adopted by a Danish couple, Nielsen debuted last season with her first Haute Couture collection in Paris. She had previously honed her skills at big fashion houses like Max Mara, Burberry and Alexander McQueen, whose influence on her aesthetics can be clearly seen.

A model presents a creation by Hyun Mi Nielsen the 2017-2018 fall/winter Haute Couture collection in Paris on July 3, 2017 (Photo: BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)

A model presents a creation by Hyun Mi Nielsen the 2017-2018 fall/winter Haute Couture collection in Paris on July 3, 2017 (Photo: BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)

A model presents a creation by Ulyana Sergeenko during the 2017-2018 fall/winter Haute Couture collection in Paris on July 4, 2017. (Photo: BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)

A model presents a creation by Ulyana Sergeenko during the 2017-2018 fall/winter Haute Couture collection in Paris on July 4, 2017. (Photo: BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)

Ulyana Sergeenko – Russia

Born in Kazakhstan, Sergeenko first got acquainted with Haute Couture as a client for Valentino and Dior among others. After launching her label in 2011 in Moscow, she now counts Kim Kardashian, and Lady Gaga as fans and often references her Russian and Kazakh background in her ultra luxurious creations.

A model presents a creation by Ulyana Sergeenko during the 2017-2018 fall/winter Haute Couture collection in Paris on July 4, 2017 (Photo: BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)

A model presents a creation by Ulyana Sergeenko during the 2017-2018 fall/winter Haute Couture collection in Paris on July 4, 2017 (Photo: BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)

Lebanese designer Elie Saab at the end of the 2017-2018 fall/winter Haute Couture collection in Paris on July 5, 2017. (Photo by PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images)

Lebanese designer Elie Saab at the end of the 2017-2018 fall/winter Haute Couture collection in Paris on July 5, 2017. (Photo by PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images)

Elie Saab – Lebanon

Saab is the only non-European foreign member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture – an honor he’s held since 2003. His feminine creations which are often crafted with delicate lace and embroidery have been seen on countless A-list celebrities including Angelina Jolie, Kate Winslet, Taylor Swift and Beyoncé.

A model walks the runway during the Elie Saab Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017-2018 show as part of Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week on July 5, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

A model walks the runway during the Elie Saab Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017-2018 show as part of Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week on July 5, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Models pose prior the Zuhair Murad Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017-2018 show as part of Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week on July 5, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

Models pose prior the Zuhair Murad Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017-2018 show as part of Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week on July 5, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

Zuhair Murad – Lebanon

With his equally dazzling ethereal creations, Murad followed in Elie Saab’s footsteps to become a staple at HCFW and a favourite of stars such as Jennifer Lopez who is often seen in his gowns on the red carpet. Closer to home, actresses Li Bingbing and Priyanka Chopra have also been spotted in his designs.

A model walks the runway during the Zuhair Murad Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017-2018 show as part of Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week on July 5, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images)

A model walks the runway during the Zuhair Murad Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017-2018 show as part of Haute Couture Paris Fashion Week on July 5, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images)

Designer Georges Hobeika is pictured while he is working on the last details Backstage prior the Georges Hobeika Spring Summer 2017 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 23, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images)

Designer Georges Hobeika is pictured while he is working on the last details Backstage prior the Georges Hobeika Spring Summer 2017 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on January 23, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images)

Georges Hobeika – Lebanon

Another Lebanese designer and a guest member at HCFW is Georges Hoebika, whose bright and exquisite couture designs are often donned by Middle Eastern royals.

He also dresses Asian celebrities including Zhang Ziyi, Fan Bingbing, Chen Shu and India’s Aishwarya Rai.

A model presents a creation by Georges Hobeika during the 2017 fall/winter Haute Couture collection in Paris on July 3, 2017. (Photo: BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)

A model presents a creation by Georges Hobeika during the 2017 fall/winter Haute Couture collection in Paris on July 3, 2017. (Photo: BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)

Lebanese designer Rabih Kayrouz acknowledges the public after his show in Paris. (Photo: MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)

Lebanese designer Rabih Kayrouz acknowledges the public after his show in Paris. (Photo: MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)

Maison Rabih Kayrouz – Lebanon

Although he stopped producing Haute Couture a few years ago, Kayrouz – whose relaxed silhouettes and pragmatic approach to couture are a stark contrast to his compatriots’ figure-hugging and embellished creations – retained his spot in the official calendar and showcased a pret-a-porter collection instead.

Photo: Courtesy of Maison Rabih Kayrouz

Photo: Courtesy of Maison Rabih Kayrouz

Fashion designer Galia Lahav (R) and designer Sharon Sever during the 2017-2018 fall/winter Haute Couture collection in Paris. (Photo: BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)

Fashion designer Galia Lahav (R) and designer Sharon Sever during the 2017-2018 fall/winter Haute Couture collection in Paris. (Photo: BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)

Galia Lahav – Israel

Another Middle Eastern designer who has recently been invited to showcase at HCFW is Tel-Aviv based Lahav who is mostly known for her bridal creations at home. Her intricate and sexy designs have been seen on model Ashley Graham, singer Meghan Trainor and tennis legend Serena Williams among others.

A model presents a creation by Galia Lahav during the 2017-2018 fall/winter Haute Couture collection in Paris on July 2, 2017. (Photo: BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)

A model presents a creation by Galia Lahav during the 2017-2018 fall/winter Haute Couture collection in Paris on July 2, 2017. (Photo: BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)

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