Bashar Assaf is a Beirut-based Lebanese fashion designer. His garments tend to accentuate the female body with sophisticated yet demure silhouettes, solid colours and clean cuts. Bashar Assaf was born and raised in Jeddah, KSA. He moved to Beirut to join ESMOD and graduated in 2011. Soon after completing his studies, he began to work as a designer and a stylist for an array of clients in the advertising and entertainment industries, both in Lebanon and Saudi Arabia.
In December 2012, Bashar was chosen as one of Starch Foundation’s designers where he produced three collections: Metamorphism, Open Heart and Hallucinations. The latter two were showcased at Fashion Forward in Dubai. He was also nominated by Elle Style Awards for Best Upcoming Fashion Designer in the Middle East that year. Bashar Assaf has successfully launched three collections outside of Starch’s umbrella: Climax, Ethereal and Skin Deep, all of which were also showcased at Fashion Forward in Dubai. Menswear made a recurring appearance in these collections and are now part of the brand’s identity. Since then, Bashar’s work led to Lebanon’s representation for the International Woolmark Prize, participation in a Wallpaper Magazine exhibition, a collection launched in Paris and an International Fashion Showcase award-winning exhibition at Somerset House.