Grace Rihan, designer, artist and owner of label Atelier G has always had a passion for beautiful things, be it clothes, objects or buildings. Grace first studied architecture and subsequently landed a few projects restoring historic monuments in her native Lebanon. Artistic vision is Grace’s driving force in her creative career, which so far includes exhibitions and shows such as AW2010/11 collection presentation in Paris; costume design for contemporary dance act Rech Mayya; and the Body Revolution workshop and exhibition held in 2009 at La Cambre, Brussels, in collaboration with "Arts of Fashion Foundation," which Grace considers the turning point for her fashion designer career.
Three years ago, Grace finally opened her own showroom and studio, Atelier G, in Beirut's Abdel Wahab El-Inglizi, to later move on to Sassine, Asrafieh into a bigger space, now an established destination for international clients placing private orders or looking for design objects to buy. Opening the space seemed natural to Grace, who passionately combines elements of craft manufacturing, traditional Lebanese clothing making and multicultural influences to create surprisingly minimalistic, functional pieces with a touch of the Orient, especially highlighted by the choice of fabrics (silk, wool and velvet) and colors (yellow, blue, orange and lilac). Her architectural background helps to create conceptual, structured and well-tailored dresses, caftans and coats, each fold calculated to form silhouettes measured and designed so precisely that even a millimeter makes a difference.