By Alyssa De Rosa
Every girl’s dream is to design that perfect dress and have their name appear on the price tag at a fancy boutique in hopes of gaining everyone’s attention. Dreaming is fun but actually achieving your fashion goals is tough, especially with limited resources. But, for Katia Zakarian, fashion design is all she knew and aspired to be and at just 21-years-old she is taking Montreal’s fashion custom design scene by storm.
Katia Zakarian lived in Beirut for 13 years before moving to Montreal. Her hometown provided her with some of the most popular fashion designers in the world like Elie Saab, Zuhair Murad, George Chakra and Tony Ward. She grew up walking by their showrooms every day and ever since she was a little girl she knew she had an eye for design.
Unlike many designers who have professional training or schooling, Zakarian is a self-taught designer and created her first dress at just 14-years-old. She decided to transform one of her mother’s nightgown’s into a party dress. As a young girl, whenever her mom would buy her clothing she would find a way to alter them and add a personal touch to make them special.
Now, at the tender age of 21, Katia is launching her very first collection. Her first attempt at designing a “Katia Zakarian” piece was a success when she made her own New Year’s Eve dress – a show stopping dress made from lace and dipped in crystals. Since then, she knew she wanted to create her own collection after receiving positive feedback from so many people.
She will be launching her collection on July 7, 2014 online which will be a ready to wear collection sold in Canada and internationally. Katia specializes in custom designs – each dress is personal, ready to fit your body and personality. “I want to make designs for every woman and accentuate each woman individually,” she says while describing her collection.
Zakarian’s designs are unique and very culture based. She is inspired a lot by her heritage and incorporates a lot of embroidered jewelry with classic cuts. Her Lebanese roots come through with the over the top embroidery and jewelry along with a more North American twist by using modern fabrics. “My goal is to design haute couture for every woman that any woman can afford.” With prices ranging anywhere from $200.00 to $400.00 this definitely sounds like a bargain.
At such a young age, Katia is driven and has already proven herself by creating exquisite dresses and designs and by also having a Facebook following of over 10,000 fans!
Her ultimate goal? “I eventually want to create my own bridal collection. I have a few sketches in the works.” The next Vera Wang maybe? We’ll have to wait and see.
To contact Katia or to receive for information:
Facebook: Katia Zakarian