Yasmin Mansour, a fashion designer and creative director of her eponymous fashion house, was born in 1990. She obtained her degree in Fashion Design from Instituto di ModaBurgo in 2012 and her love for cinema and photography inspired her to complete a bachelor’s degree in Art Directing.
In 2014, Mansour founded her eponymous label, one of the first luxury, sustainable labels in the region, in Qatar, and she now works between Doha and Paris. “For me, designing has no rules. If you start setting rules, you will not be able to create anything. You create what you dream of,” says Mansour. Her work is inspired by “her dreams, art and architecture”, she says, and creatives including Oscar Niemeyer, Jean-Michel Frank, Pierre Jeanneret, Elsa Schiaparelli and Yves Saint-Laurent inspire her creative journey.
Mansour enjoys collaborating with other brands and artists such as Bouthayna Al Muftah, Leo Vanweersch, and Nespresso and her aim is to encourage and promote sustainable fashion and art creativity. Her latest collaboration with Qatar based artist Al Muftah presents a concept beyond fashion and art. Together, they created a collection entitled Kitabaat, which is made up of unique pieces based on stories and memories from a land’s past, designed to empower and
inspire into the future.
For Vanweersch, Mansour designed sunglasses made of sustainable horns from animals that died of natural causes. As for Nespresso, she created two dresses out of recycled coffee capsules. Mansour believes that luxurious fashion can also be sustainable. All of her pieces are handmade and made-to-measure for high quality and so that she can be assured of their sustainability.
Mansour’s passion is to inspire young artists and designers through her work and she continues to collaborate with local artists and promote sustainable fashion through her unique pieces.
One such example is her unique art piece, Le Livre. Le Livre is a kaftan made out of canvas fabric and the inner lining is hand drawn. The fabric is collected from leftovers used in the production of tents from Souq Waqif in Doha. The piece was fully hand-crafted in Doha, Qatar. It took around 370 hours to make.