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Omani designer dresses up Beyonce for ‘Atlantis The Royal’ opening show

31 Jan 2023 beyonce By HUBERT VAZ

Rayan al Sulaimani, propreitor of Atelier Zuhra in Dubai, recently designed a stunning outfit for American singer-performer Beyonce who performed at the grand opening of ‘Atlantis The Royal’, Dubai, a fortnight ago, paving the way for young Omani designers like her to dream big

On January 21, amid fireworks and glittering fanfare, Atlantis The Royal – a 43-storey cantilevered building, featuring 231 luxury apartments, 693 hotel rooms, and 102 suites – all with a view of the Arabian Sea and Palm Island, was thrown open to international guests. The highlight of the evening was an explicit performance by American singer-songwriter-dancer Beyonce who was roped in to perform for a whopping sum of US$ 24mn.

But amid all the stunning display of grandeur and grandiose at an event attended by celebrities and special invitees from around the world, Oman had its finger in the pie in a special way! The impressive outfit in daffodil yellow worn by Beyonce (fondly known as ‘Queen Bey’) for the performance, was designed by young Omani designer Rayan al Sulaimani, CEO of Atelier Zuhra in Dubai.

The performance by Beyoncé assumed much importance as it was her first full concert in five years, reportedly at a price tag of $24mn. The megastar had not staged a full-length concert since an appearance at the Global Citizen Festival in Johannesburg in 2018, but, apparently, could not refuse this ‘tempting’ offer, Sun newspaper reported.

Asked about the special privilege and prestige attached to the task of designing for Queen Bey, Rayan said, “I’m very proud of this huge achievement. I hope, I made my family and my country proud, as mine is the first Omani brand to dress Queen Bey.”

Disclosing the client brief, Rayan said, “We were selected to sketch and send a few sketches for a suitable outfit for the performance. Fortunately, one of the sketches was approved, We started working on the piece since November and submitted it just a few hours before the performance, with fittings going on for almost a week before delivery.”

About the guidelines provided for the design, Rayan said, “We were sent few pictures to use as a reference for what Beyonce had in mind. So, we created a look that suited her request.”

Atelieir Zuhra has, indeed, a prestigious track record, having designed in the past for a string of international celebrities, including a few from Hollywood and Bollywood.

“We do have a lot of western clients and we work with everyone around the world. Some of these include Hollywood celebrities like Paris Hilton, Nicky Minaj, Naomi Campbell, Alicia Keys, to mention a few,” said Rayan, adding that the outfit created for Beyonce was much loved and appreciated for its design as well as for the fact that it was pulled within a short time.

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Rayan al Sulaimani

“I have been in this business since 2015 and was involved both in design and management of the business,” said Rayan who was handed over the prestigious atelier (named after her grandmother) by her mother, a talented designer and businesswoman, who had recognised Rayan’s design skills early in life and chose to appoint her as its CEO.

Asked about her most favourite designs created till date, Rayan said, “It’s difficult to choose a favourite design as every piece is unique in its own way.” About global fashion distinctions, she added, “I believe, there isn’t any difference between fashion in the East and the West. We can already witness a lot of Arab names dressing big celebrities for the red carpet, concerts, film festivals, Oscar’s, and many more.”

About her favourites, she said, “I’m fond of ‘classy colours’ – white, black, grey and nude. I don’t have a favourite fabric as every season brings forth something beautiful.”

As for her next prestigious order, Rayan preferred to be tight-lipped. “We do have a lot of big orders coming up – I can’t reveal anything about that – but the best is yet to come,” she assured.

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